Keith Jackson AM and Cr Ingrid Jackson are ready to advance discussions on a Kundiawa-Noosa sister town relationship, but do Simbu Administrator Joe Kunda Naur MBE and Governor Hon Noah Kool have the wisdom to embrace the concept for the benefit of the Simbu people?
This is particularly relevant as the whole concept falls within the provincial government’s own Tourism, Arts and Culture Policy launched in Kundiawa just a few months ago.
Last Tuesday, while Simbu Writers Association delegates were waiting in the corridor of Kondom Agaundo House in Kundiawa to have an audience with the Simbu Provincial Administrator, a follow up to the letter that we had delivered the week before, the email signal on my mobile phone triggered.
The email was from Keith and I was surprised and at the same time excited when I read it.
In his email, Keith had laid out a pathway to start the groundwork on the sister town concept. I very much wished that the Simbu provincial authorities could wholeheartedly embrace this golden opportunity, which is doable.
Keith wrote in his email: ”I’ve had a brief chat to Councillor Ingrid about a possible sister town relationship and she will review the Noosa Council’s protocols to see what rules apply to such an initiative.
“It would be of great assistance if the Simbu Governor could write a letter to the mayor of Noosa Cr Tony Wellington via me and Ingrid.
“In the letter he should emphasise the reasons for the relationship, for example (a) promoting the PNG-Australia relationship, (b) extending the hand of friendship, (c) providing the people of Simbu and Noosa with a connection to a different culture, especially at school level, (d) other reasons you believe are important.”
Keith went on to recommend that Governor Kool should emphasise the compatibilities or connectors between the two places: environmental protection as a community value; tourism as a benefit to commerce and literature; and the arts as cultural strengths.
Jimmy Awagl and I were anticipating an audience with Joe Kunda and the email from Keith was very timely and we were going to bring it to his attention as the Governor was not available.
After a long wait, one of Joe Kunda’s helpers delivered a small note that said: ”We will respond in writing”.
To date SWA is still waiting for a response from the Simbu Provincial Government.
This opportunity falls right within that policy and not to accept it would be like rebuffing one’s own policy.
As can be seen, Keith Jackson knows the way to go about it. All the Simbu Governor and Administrator have to do is to accept the idea and establish dialogue with Keith and the rest will be history.
Time is running out and Hon Noah Kool or Administrator Joe Kunda need to act fast.