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14 March 2017

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Wholeheartedly agreed Lindsay. And there’s the nearby Collingwood Bay-Musa contribution to the War in Papua. Have a look at Tufi Walkabout and Village Stays facebook group for a taste of how much more is waiting to be discovered - not just the wartime connection!

Reg Yates is Australia's foremost expert on the practical wartime history of PNG. He is fluent in Tok Pisin and well respected by clan elders along the Kokoda Trail because of a long term relationship he has established with them over the past 25 years.

He is also a qualified and experienced Ambulance paramedic and a Captain in the Army Reserve. He is willing to assist in setting up a proper ranger system along the trail but he is considered persona non grata by our Canberra bureaucrats who have contracted a group of Queensland Park Rangers who are ignorant of the local language and customs to do work the local villagers have been doing for generations and to fix problems they will never understand.

While Reg might be the best man for the job he is disadvantaged by the fact that he is white, male and military.

Add some historical Oro Treks, say from lower Mambare to Kokoda revisiting early miners' camps, and say around Mt Lamington as a trek Popondetta, Sewa, Natunga, Joure, 'Wairope', Awala revisiting a patrol by US troops. Many other wonderful walks to suit a range of capacities.

Thanks for 'PNG Adventurous Training Guide' by Reg Yates. What a gift. Sensational and free.

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