Through Governor Noah Kool, a member of the national parliament of Papua New Guinea, the people of Simbu initiated an approach to Noosa mayor Tony Wellington seeking his council’s endorsement of a joint community initiative, designated as Projek Wantok (Project Friendship). The mayor has advised that he will be writing to Governor Kool to accept the invitation. We reproduce an edited version of the governor’s letter….
LAST year, a group of Papua New Guinean writers – including the eminent Simbu author Mr Francis Nii – visited your lovely shire and had the pleasure of meeting both you and the Queensland parliamentarian, Hon Glen Elmes MP.
I received reports of this encounter and of the group’s successful and pleasurable visit to Noosa Shire, and I also heard about the character of your council and its commitment to the environment, to the arts and to the overall well-being of the community.