26 Jan 2007

Calls for PNG's Kokoda Track to be a world heritage site

6:55 pm on 26 January 2007

The Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, says the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea should be listed on UNESCOS's world heritage register.

The Post-Courier reports Mr Rudd, who's the leader of Australia's Labor Party, wants to save the track from the ravages of erosion and over-development from mining and logging.

He's pledged to provide political and diplomatic support to PNG, and technical assistance to make sure the track's future is preserved if he's elected to power.

Mr Rudd says he has spoken to PNG's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, about his plans.