With the generous support of our Adventure Kokoda trekkers we have been able to establish Network Kokoda as a philanthropic organisation to honour the legacy of Papua New Guinean Wartime Carriers.
The organisation subscribes to the principles developed by the PNG Department of Community Development which, according to former Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, is based on local communities working together to develop sustainable initiatives which generate income to invest in their future.
Network Kokoda is registered in Australia and Papua New Guinea. We are hopeful that our application for tax deductibility will soon be approved.
The Australian body is chaired by Brigadier Phil McNamara AM (RL). The Executive Officer is Lieutenant Colonel Rowan Tracey (RL). Both served as officers with the Pacific Islands Regiment during their army careers and are fluent in Tok Pisin.
The PNG body is chaired by Major Charlie Lynn (RL). The Board of Directors includes Dame Carol Kidu, former Minister for Community Development; Brigadier Ken Noga, former Chief of the PNG Defence Force and High Commissioner to Australia; and Marianna Ellingson, Secretary to the Office of Tourism, Arts and Culture. [Read more...]