The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, would like to encourage any young people who are interested in walking the Kokoda Track to contact ClubsNSW.
“ClubsNSW is currently seeking five people between the ages of 16 and 22 from across Australia to walk the Kokoda Track in late September this year as part of the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge,” Mr Fraser said.
“This program, which is funded and administered by the various associations representing registered clubs across Australia, serves to develop and refine leadership skills as well as providing young people with the opportunity to experience first-hand the conditions our soldiers endured along the Track during World War II.
“The Kokoda Track is renowned as the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942. It is a 96 kilometre overland track through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. Thousands of Australians have walked the Kokoda Track in memory of more than 2,000 soldiers who died during WWII while defending PNG from the invading Japanese army,” Mr Fraser said.
“Walking the Kokoda Track is mentally and physically challenging and is an opportunity every young Australian should undertake. It is character building and has the potential to bring out unseen leadership skills.
“All costs of travelling to Papua New Guinea, as well as walking the Kokoda Track and the equipment required will be supplied by ClubsNSW,” Mr Fraser added.
“Information about how to apply is available from my Electorate Office at 1/9 Park Avenue, Coffs Harbour (Ph: 6652 6500) or on the internet at www.clubsnsw.com.au.
“Applications close 8 May 2011,” Mr Fraser concluded.