25 Apr 2008

Australian government applauds PNG moves to protect Kokoda Track

10:05 am on 25 April 2008

The Australian government has welcomed a deal with Papua New Guinea to protect the historic Kokoda Track.

The PNG government said yesterday it had decided not to give Australian mining company, Frontier Resources, an exploration licence for a site near the track, as it signed a deal with Australia to protect the historic site.

Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, said the Australian government was "very happy" with the deal, in which Australia committed almost 15 million dollars to improve the livelihoods of those near the proposed mine site and to help the early stages of getting the track listed as a world heritage site.