NOOSA is forging closer links with Papua New Guinea highlanders thanks to a local whose world spans two rich cultures.
Keith Jackson is delighted Noosa Council has given its blessing to an innovative scheme in which people from the shire will cooperate with people in Papua New Guinea’s Simbu Province on a range of projects.
Mr Jackson, who is the publisher of the widely-read PNG Attitude blog, said the project will involve the elected members of the two governments and representatives with connections to schools, business, the arts, sporting groups, the churches and women’s organisations.
“It is a first for Australia, will be largely conducted over the internet and have no special cost implications for the council,” Mr Jackson said.
“I understand there may be a real compatibility between our regions, particularly in terms of environmental protection, tourism, education and literature and the arts,” Governor Kool said.
Noosa Mayor Wellington said the Simbu people have a reputation for dynamism, resilience and a positive attitude towards blending the benefits of the modern world with the values of their traditional lives.
“I appreciate that this opportunity will be a cultural exchange encouraging young people and community leaders to share information and interests,” Cr Wellington said.
Noosa councillor Brian Stockwell will be part of the project.
“The benefits of this pioneering scheme will include contacts between individuals, organisations, churches and schools which will engage in joint projects,” Cr Stockwell said.
“It will also promote the Papua New Guinea-Australia relationship and provide the peoples of Simbu and Noosa with a strong connection to a different culture.
“Committees will initiate and manage collaborative activities and promote them within their respective regions,” he said.