View Full Version : Koiari LLG committed to tourism

10-07-2003, 05:38 PM
The Koiari Local Level Government is committed to the development of tourism along the Kokoda Trail, according to president Vovovi James Selu.

Futhermore, he added, the Koiari LLG is committed to providing services to all villages along the trail.

Mr Selu, from Kagi village along the Kokoda Trail, said this after recent reports that the Koiari LLG was not doing enough for tourism development as well as providing services to villages along the famous World War 11 trail.

President for Koiari Local Level Government, James Silu

10-07-2003, 05:55 PM
“We are happy to have trekkers along the Kokoda Trail,” he said.

“They spend money on food, stay in the villages, and recruit young men from the local villages as guides.”

Mr Selu said a Memorandum Of Agreement between the Police Department and the Koiari LLG is already in place for the establishment of the “tourism police” concept.

“An MOU with the Police Department is now ready, which the Commissioner and I will sign, for the establishment of tourism police,” he said.

Kokoda trekkers stop for a rest while trekking the war-famous Kokoda trek

10-07-2003, 05:58 PM
“I am collecting the names of people, to pass on to police men, and probably next week, they’ll start training over a two – week period at Iorowari High School or Sogeri Primary School.

“Tour guides and porters who walk with tourists will be trained first, and later, other young people.

“I am giving priority to tour guides and porters so that they will have police training and law and order, so that they will look after trekkers along the Kokoda Trail.”

Mr Selu said the Koiari LLG was also committed to putting in place much – needed infrastructure such as air services, trail maintenance, and bridges along the Kokoda Trail for the benefit of both villagers and trekkers.

Plans are also in place for much – needed schools and aid posts.

The Alolo village is one of the villages along the Kokoda Trekthat benefits greatly from the trekking

10-07-2003, 06:04 PM
He said during that his term as a member of the Central Provincial Government since 1982, he had fought hard to bring in services to villages along the Kokoda Trail, which included the establishment of eight airstrips in the rugged and mountainous Mount Koiari area.

Regular air services to these areas have since ceased, however, Mr Selu said he was pushing for funding to have the airstrips reopened.

He appealed to the governments of Australia and PNG for funding assistance to projects in the area.

“The Australian and PNG governments should help to fund trail maintenance, bridges, guest houses from Sogeri to Nauro, Manari, Kagi, Templeton’s, Biage, Isurava, Alola, and all the way to Kovelo and Kokoda Station,” Mr Selu said.

The Australian trekkers at Kokoda

10-07-2003, 06:07 PM
“I want AusAid to give assistance in these areas because the Kokoda Trail is the backbone of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“Money should also be allocated to the Koiari Local Level Government so that I can maintain airstrips.

“Airstrips along the Kokoda Trail such as Kagi, Myola, Naduri, Efogi, Borinumu, Manari should be priorities for maintenance.”

Mr Selu said Kairuku Hiri MP Moi Avei, whose electorate covers Koiari, had allocated K200, 000 for building of new classrooms at Kavovo Primary School between Kagi and Naduri but this money had apparently been misused.

Trekkers at the spectacular Isuvara

10-07-2003, 06:11 PM
He said Sir Moi had further allocated K10, 000 for the building of a new church at Naduri.
Further, Mr Selu said, Sir Moi has plans to build a new high school at Kagi that would cater for Grades Seven to 10 and ease the burden of parents having to send their children to Port Moresby for schooling.

He further announced that there are plans in the pipeline to build a vehicle road from Madilo and Manari, and eventually on to Kokoda, stressing that this vehicle road would be strategically placed well away from the famous walking trail.

Mr Selu said there was already an established aid post at Kagi, double classrooms at Efogi and Manari, as well as water supply at Kagi, Naduri, and Manari.
A reliable radio network, funded by the Australian government, is already in place in all villages from Sogeri to Kokoda.

Trekkers at Nauro village

10-07-2003, 06:14 PM
Mr Selu said the national government had already sourced funding for the much – maligned stretch of road between Owers’Corner and Sogeri.

Maintaining the memorials at Owers’Corner, he said, was the responsibility of Koiari Holdings – the business arm of the Koiari LLG.

While acknowledging Australia’s contribution in many ways and means, Mr Selu appealed to the PNG government not to forget the Koiari people, as many of our leaders were educated at Sogeri and the area supplies Port Moresby’s water and electricity.
“Many of our leaders have been educated at Sogeri, however, they seem to have forgotten about the Koiari people,” he said.

On of the scenic views of Kokoda

10-07-2003, 06:19 PM
“We are good people.
“We supply water to the city without being paid, likewise, electricity.”
“However, the Koiari villages have no power, and this is something that the PNG government should look at.

“It is only when we have demonstrations that the government wakes up and sees our problem.

“I don’t want this to continue happening.
“There should be terms and conditions so that we don’t have problems like disruption to water supply.”

Mr Selu wants the Koiari people to be given an annual national government budgetary allocation, as well as continued assistance from Australia, given the important role of the Kokoda Trail during WW11.


Children of Efogi village (No.2) have the privilege of meeting and socialising with trekkers. Here children are seen playing with toys given to them by the trekkers