January 1967, John ‘Jethro’ Thompson is a 21-year-old Aussie Digger on his way to the war in South Vietnam. Five months later he returns home – doctors don’t expect him to survive his horrendous wounds.Read More
Category: CHARLIE LYNN
‘Kokoda’ is the complete adventure experience. It requires physical stamina and mental tenacity. The wartime history evokes strong emotions. The care and support of local PNG guides and villagers is humbling. The environment is rugged, remote and pristine.Read More
The Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra-Marathon was made famous by a most unlikely hero in 1983.
A 63-year old potato farmer, Cliff Young – who trained in gumboots – shuffled his way down the Hume Highway to blitz the field and win the inaugural event.Read More
“Kokoda is almost the complete adventure experience for Australian baby-boomers and young adventurers. It requires physical stamina and mental tenacity. The wartime history evokes strong emotions. The unconditional care and support of local PNG guides and villagers is humbling. The environment is rugged, remote and pristine.”Read More
By Rhys Jack on Nov 09, 2019 03:00 amSunday Telegraph, 10 November 2019 Described as the by-product of throwing Chuck Norris and Indiana Jones into a blender, this former Australian Army Major has been trekking across the...Read More
Speech to the Parliament of New South Wales by The Hon Charlie Lynn MLC on 4 May 2006 Debate resumed from 2 May 2006. The Hon. CHARLIE LYNN [4.32 p.m.]: The acknowledgment of traditional owners of the land seems to have been...Read More
Kokoda Conspiracy: World Heritage Vs Military Heritage
In the world of commerce a 46 percent drop in profit would lead to serious analysis of cause and effect. Volatile AGMs would see Directors seeking to reassure shareholders of strategies to arrest the decline.
This is in stark contrast to Government which is unaccountable for results because of the craft of its practitioners and the complexity of its bureaucratic machinery.
Since Australian Environment officials took control of the Kokoda trekking industry in 2009 trekker numbers have declined by almost 50 percent from 5621 in 2008 to 3033 in 2018 – despite an injection of more than $50 million of Aid funding.
The official response to the decline inevitably refers to an aircraft crash in 2009 and a couple of deaths around the same period. The reality today is that whenever the scene of the crash-site is pointed out to trekkers the usual response is ‘what crash?’
Kokoda: World Heritage Vs Military Heritage
Prior to the discovery of the $3 billion Kodu gold mine on the southern slopes of the Kokoda Trail at Mt Bini there was no interest in the area or its people from either the PNG or Australian Governments. The appearance of bulldozers from Frontier Resources in 2006 changed that.