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Stan and Butch Bisset plaque replaced at Isurava, Kokoda Trail
Well done to the Kokoda Memorial Foundation as a new plaque in honour of Stan and Butch Bisset has now been replaced at Isurava last month. The original plaque was recast in 2014 and will now hopefully stand the test of time. Lest We Forget
Stan Bisset - 1912 to 2010
Butch Bisset - 1910 to 1942
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PNG Jobs Android App
PNGBD.com have just released an android app where Papua New Guinea companies can list their job vacancies, and sob seekers can upload their resumes for employers to view.
Please download it today and spread the word amongst your Wantoks.
PNGBD.com Android Mobile App
PNGBD,com has just released our own Android App on Google Play.
Ramsy Idau enters the North Face 100km Race 18th May 2013
We wish to announce that the winner of the PNG Kokoda Challenge Race for 2012, Ramsy Idau is going to line up with over 1000 runners to compete in the North Face 100km race in the Blue Mountains of Sydney on the 18th May 2013 commencing at 6:50am. It is the first time that anyone from PNG has entered the race and the race organisers have embraced and helped this young man to make it happen. The North Face 100km is fast becoming one of the most respected long distance adventure races in Australia and last year the race was won by Ryan Sandes from South Africa so is attracting many international runners. Goodluck Ramsy
Australia announces new electronic visa for Papua New Guinea
Australia is to introduce a special electronic visa arrangement with Papua New Guinea which will improve the ease of travel between the two countries, particularly for frequent travellers.‘While Australia maintains a universal visa regime through which we manage the entry and stay of all visitors from around the world, I believe there is an important opportunity to consider practical and meaningful ways to further enhance the visa and travel arrangements for visitors from Papua New Guinea within this universal regime,’ said Immigration and Citizenship minister Chris Bowen. Papua New Guinea minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, welcomed the move. ‘The announcement of the introduction of an electronic visa arrangement for Papua New Guinea travellers is timely and addresses our long standing request for more facilitative travel arrangements, including visa on arrival,’ he said. Both ministers agreed to the establishment of a joint traveller facilitation taskforce comprising officials from the Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority. The joint traveller facilitation taskforce is expected to identify legal and administrative requirements that would lead to the introduction of an electronic visa arrangement in the first half of 2013. ‘With about 80% of all visa applications from Papua New Guinea falling into the tourism and business activity categories, it is sensible to focus our attention on these travellers,’ Bowen said.
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Kokoda Track Foundation - Keeping the Spirit Alive
Their Achievements in Education
• Supported over 1,000 students on Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Scholarships, enabling them to access an education they otherwise would not have. Students are supported throughout their primary and secondary schooling and onto tertiary studies or further training of their choice. Enrollment rates in the region have doubled and even tripled in some areas;
• Supported 40 elementary, primary and high schools with educational resources, curriculum materials, teacher resources, and stationery every year over the past decade;
• Delivered 80 classrooms of school furniture to 23 elementary and primary schools along and around the Track;
• Built a number of new classrooms and conducted maintenance on run‐down buildings across the region;
• Developed an innovative and state-of-the-art elementary teacher training program for the Oro and Central Provinces;
• Trained over 60 new elementary and primary teachers for the region;
• Supported 25 elementary and primary teacher salaries enabling 25 schools to remain open along and around the Track and
supported them with professional development, mentoring and upskilling their qualifications;
• Developed and implemented the Archer Leadership Scholarships and the Bisset Medal that seek to find and foster the next
generation of PNG leaders;
• Supported teacher volunteers to undertake placements in the Kokoda Track schools providing professional development,
training, mentoring and support for many struggling schools.
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Snake-wrestling on the Kokoda Trail
Snake-wrestling on the Kokoda Trail - “When I set my mind to doing something, I do it,” says Andrew Turner.
Considering he recently pulled a 16-foot python out of the Papua New Guinean underbrush with his bare hands, it would be foolish to doubt his commitment. Andrew, a volunteer with Victoria State Emergency Service’s (SES) Malvern Unit, took on the Kokoda Challenge last month. The event sends competitors on a gruelling, 96-kilometre race along the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. This unforgiving stretch of earth is famous as the site of intense fighting between Australia and Japanese forces during World War II.
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