8 Feb 2008

Trek company warns villagers on PNG's Kokoda Track to be wary of offers from mining companies

4:19 pm on 8 February 2008

A leading trekking company on the Kokoda Track has warned Papua New Guinean villagers long-term sustainable profits are better than large short-term gains.

Australian mining company Frontier Resources this week flew media into Mt Kodu, where a proposed copper and gold mine is wanted along the historic track by the Koari landowners.

The villagers, who protested at Noara village this week and blocked the Kokoda Track, want Frontier's mining exploration licence to be renewed in what could earn them $100 million in royalties and compensation.

But Pamela Christie from PNG Trekking Adventure says villagers should be careful of mining companies promising them big money.