This purpose of this report is to review the operational effectiveness of the Kokoda Track Special Purpose Authority over the past year and to recommend changes to meet the demands of increasing numbers of trekkers.  It is clear that the KTA needs to relocate its office closer to Port Moresby, employ additional administrative staff and engage rangers on the track.  It is also clear that legislation governing the operation of the KTA needs to be reviewed to empower rangers to prevent trekkers walking across the track without a trek permit issued by the authority.

The rapid increase in trekker numbers has created a degree of urgency in ensuring the track is properly managed in order that village communities along the way receive sustainable shared benefits from the emerging industry.

Major Charlie Lynn
27 September 2005