The Papua New Guinea Association has formally come out in support of the former ASOPA site being redeveloped as a regional institute in which Asia –Pacific participants, including Australians, seek to examine and develop solutions for critical issues facing the region.
The heritage listed buildings on Middle Head are about to be refurbished but, as yet, no future purpose has been identified for them.
The PNGAA has written to Duncan Kerr, the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, saying it supported “the proposal to redevelop the former ASOPA site on Middle Head, Sydney, as an Asia-Pacific institution dedicated to exchanging knowledge about important regional issues and improving relationships between peoples in the region”.
The PNGAA management committee has no illusions about how difficult this challenge is, but felt it was imperative that it have a go.
We’d like you to join the PNGAA and the many ASOPA PEOPLE readers who have written to Duncan Kerr in support of this proposal. If you haven’t done so already, why don’t you do this now? You’ll find a two-page summary of the proposal which is downloadable here. Download sotp_proposal.pdf And you can send your letter of support to Mr Kerr at this address:
The Hon Duncan Kerr SC MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs
CANBERRA ACT 2600