30 Mar 2007

Australian government concerned about mining activity along PNG's Kokoda track

10:27 am on 30 March 2007

The Australian Government says it has ongoing concerns about any mining activity being carried out along Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track.

PNG's Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Paul Tiensten said on his return from meeting with his Australian counterpart Alexander Downer that the Australians wanted the track to remain an important part of their history alongside Gallipoli, Turkey, and other famous battle fields.

Mr Tiensten said he assured the Australian Government the Kodu prospect along the track was only at its exploratory stages and if any mining activities take place there would be a five-metre buffer zone on both sides of the track.

The Australian miner Frontier Resources wants to extract and estimated US$1.15 billion dollars worth of gold from its Kodu prospect.