Kokoda Trekking would like to know trekkers comments on the proposed archway. Would you like an ARCHWAY at KOKODA similar to the one at Owers' Corner?
For those of you who do not know about the work of the Kokoda Memorial Foundation, (not to be confused with the Kokoda Track Foundation), they are responsible for the Imita Ridge and Ioribaiwa Village plinths and plaques; Owers' Corner. They also come up each year and volunteer their services to do all kinds of things such as paint Fred (statue) at McDonald's Cnr; paint the medical aid building at the Salvo's area on the road to Owers' Corner. They do annual maintenance on the archway and much much more. For ourselves, we think its a HUGE plus for KOKODA. Many a trekkers comments, have we finished, are we there yet???? With an archway, you will have either a start/and or finish line!
Their Mission Statement:
- Firstly to commemorate the fallen men who fought in World War II along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea by;
- The installation of memorials along the Kokoda Track,
- Maintenance of existing memorials along Kokoda Track,
- Secondly to aid the local people with basic infrastructure.
8 RAR - A group of active Vietnam Veterans, members of 8 RAR have significantly supported KMF in all endeavours. The volunteers lead by Mr. Bob Long have aided in all aspects of design, logistics, funding raising, leadership and skills necessary to build the memorials and infrastructure in all the projects.
The archway at Owers' Corner I was told cost in excess of A$100,000 by the time it was erected. The one in Kokoda I believe will be less but hey, I say, congratulations to these guys for raising the money and putting something in Kokoda that will out last all of us like the one at Owers' Cnr.
Am I passionate about this new archway, YOU BET I AM
Photograph: The archway at Owers' Corner