The Kokoda Track Authority was very saddened to hear about the recent incident on the Black Cat Track
in Morobe Province where a trekking group was attacked. The attack resulted in the deaths of three PNG nationals who were porters for the group. Other members of the group, including Australians, one New Zealander and a number of PNG nationals, sustained injuries during the attack.
Our sympathies are with the family and friends of those who were killed. This is a very sad and difficult time for them.
This incident has not affected trekking along the Kokoda Track. The Black Cat Track is approximately 200 kilometres north west of the Kokoda Track. Fortunately these types of crimes targeting trekking groups are not known to occur on the Kokoda Track. We work closely with the communities along the track to ensure that they gain social and economic benefits from the trekking industry. Kokoda communities value the trekking industry and are renowned for welcoming people onto their land.
Together with the Kokoda Track communities, we look forward to welcoming trekkers for the remainder of the 2013 Kokoda Trekking season and beyond. Trekkers are reminded to minimise risks to their health and safety by following their tour operators’ advice regarding preparation, and considering the Kokoda Track Authority’s Pre-Departure Information Guide
[Thursday, 6th February, 2014