The Albanian Labor Government is providing funding certainty for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Sydney.
The memorial site will receive additional funding of $409,000 over four years to ensure it continues to function for future generations to honor it.
The commitment to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway builds on existing funding to help provide up to $186,000 annually over the next four years.
Deputy Veterans Affairs Minister Matt Thistlethwaite said the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway honors Australian servicemen who fought in World War II.
“In 2022, we mark the 80th anniversary of one of the hardest fought and most critical actions of the Second World War – the Kokoda Campaign,” said Minister Thistlethwaite.
“The four-month battle along the Kokoda Trail rolled back the Japanese ground advance on Port Moresby, helping to turn the tide of the war.”
The fighting along the track was some of the most desperate and vicious encountered by Australian troops during the Second World War, with an estimated 625 Australians killed and 1,600 injured. Casualties to disease exceeded 4,000 due to the brutal conditions.
“The Albanian Labor Government is committed to maintaining the legacy of this vital campaign,” said Minister Thistlethwaite.
Funding of $409,000 included in the October 2022-23 budget will help with ongoing operating and maintenance costs, including staff, gardening, repairs and general upkeep of the walkway for four years.
“Without this key funding certainty, the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway may not be able to continue to provide services and events for the community at the same level,” said Minister Thistlethwaite.
Reid MP Sally Sitou said she was proud to help secure funding certainty for the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord West.
“The sacrifices made by Australian soldiers during the Kokoda Track campaign 80 years ago must never be forgotten, they embodied the best of the Australian spirit and we are all indebted to them,” said Reid MP Sally Situ.
“I am proud to support the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, whose work keeps the memory of these soldiers alive. »
On the 80th anniversary of the fighting on the Kokoda Trail, in memory of those who served, the Department of Veterans Affairs has also launched a new website – the Papua New Guinea Virtual Trails of Remembrance (PNG) .
Minister Thistlethwaite said the new resource uses a “trail-like” approach of step-by-step discovery to tell the story of WWII in PNG.
“The seven tracks on this website follow the unfolding of the campaign in Papua New Guinea, rich in written and audio-visual content, including map pins to follow each stage,” said Minister Thistlethwaite.
“One way to never forget the sacrifices of our veterans is to find new ways to remember, and this website is a journey of exploration on many levels.”
“I encourage everyone to check out the tracks online and pause and reflect on the courage and sacrifice of Australians and their fellow Papua New Guineans as they fought to defend themselves against invasion. along the Kokoda Trail,” said Minister Thistlethwaite.