A number of rogue individuals and companies can obtain licenses as trek operators without any due-dilligence checks – and they are free to operate!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
Our ‘Kokoda 4 Schools’ program’ is based on the historical adversity of the Kokoda campaign. It’s not about victory or defeat – it’s about the ability of the human spirit to conquer adversity. It’s about understanding that their legacy is our liberty. It’s about the development of personal leadership.Read More
‘I cannot say enough kind words about them. Throughout the entire trek I felt supported and knew that I could turn to them for help at any time. They were always in the right spot at the right time. They were so...Read More
A mother’s perspective of our 2018 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge . . .Read More
School holidays offer great opportunities for Australian ‘blackbirders’ operating on the Kokoda Trail.
Blackbirding was a form of slavery which saw Papua New Guineans coerced into working as cheap labour on Queensland sugar plantations in the late 19th Century before it was outlawed.
However the practice has mutated into various forms since then and now involves shady operators who have cashed in on the Kokoda trekking industry over the past decade. Papua New Guinea is a governance free zone for blackbirders who are not subject to the same scrutiny they would receive in Australia.
The current dysfunction and debasement of the Kokoda Trail management authority provides them with free rein to promote themselves as legitimate. They are akin to a malarial parasite running through a quinine free bloodstream. There are no limits to the extent they can exploit local Papua New Guinean guides, carriers and villagers who live in a subsistence economy and are desperate for work.Read More
A high standard of personal hygiene is essential to avoid discomfort and disease when trekking in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The tropics are unforgiving on those who are slack in this regard. Microscopic There are no large...Read More