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#16 Gail Thomas

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:20 AM

In July we were approached by a family who lost their daughter in the plane crash for an area where they could put a plaque in Kokoda in honour of the beloved daughter.  We thought hard and then started to build two stone walls.  One side was set aside for relatives to place their plaques, the other wall is work in progress as we hope to one day have some plaques in relation to the fuzzy wuzzy angels participation in the war.  We also encourage any of our trekkers to bring with them a plaque in honour of their loved ones and we will find a space for it on our wall.

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#17 Gail Thomas

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

This was also a very sad time for Kokoda Trekking as Russell and John Eroro lost their brother Kingsley in the same accident and a plaque was also placed on this wall as our contribution to his memory.  Both John and Russell were on hand along with several of our boys who sang the PNG National Anthem before raising both flags representing PNG and Australia.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:32 AM

In July we also commenced building an outdoor bar area at Kokoda for guests and local people of Kokoda.  This bar has turned out to be a really popular place for locals in Kokoda so in the new year we are planning on opening another area on the block to cater for them when guests wish to retire for the night and the general popular wish to keep partying.

The new area will be built away from the area where we present accommodation for guests but in the meantime the population of Kokoda are enjoying somewhere to sit and drink a cold beer instead of under a tree.  They are now starting to buy their beers cold in smaller lots rather then the previous trend being cartons of warm beer.  Sitting listening to music at a table talking and mixing with their friends is catching on so we are pleased once again to be putting something back to Kokoda.

Rusty not known to knock back a beer is also enjoying our 'Wantok' own bar.  We chose the name 'Wantok Tavern' as the word means 'one language'.  As my wantok's the Australian's and his wantok's, the PNG National's are guests it was a popular name choice to call the bar.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:29 PM

In 2011, with rents skyrocketing in Port Moresby due to the economic growth of 'Mining' and the new 'Gas' project, we decided to build a place where we could operate from.

We ended up renovating an old boy house (domestic quarters).  We now have an office, grounds to park our vehicles and a large two bedroom home.

It still has a few things that need attention but is ready to operate come the 2012 trekking season.

What will 2012 bring, well we will just have to wait and see what we come up with.




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