Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed the creation of a sub-committee to the LPSC Cultural and Events Advisory group to support the delivery of the proposed Kokoda Trail project. The purpose of the sub-committee is to provide the necessary governance frameworks to effectively manage funds received for the project and to establish a direct link with Council and its staff to assist in the effective delivery of the project.
The Kokoda Trail project plans to create a new Kokoda Track memorial walk and cycleway, 22 kilometres long, linking Quirindi War Memorial with the Werris Creek War Memorial. As the path wanders through the peaceful countryside, there will be markers, approximately each kilometre, showing details of towns and significant historical battles on the original Kokoda Track,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Doug Hawkins.
“The proposed track will play an important educational role, providing a tangible reminder of the events and conditions our soldiers faced. It will provide students and the wider community an ongoing opportunity to learn, acknowledge, remember, commemorate and honour the service personnel, many of whom paid the supreme sacrifice on this battlefield during the darkest days of WWII,’” he said.
“The proposed track also has incredible potential for employment opportunities and economic benefits through tourism. We expect it will attract regional, state, interstate and international visitors plus providing another attraction for the increasing numbers of Recreational Vehicle (RV) users who stay at the Shires Freedom Camping Areas and are looking for things to do,” he continued.
“We’ve received encouragement for this project from the Returned and Services League of Australia NSW State Branch and Australia Remembers Ltd,” he said.
“Some very capable members of the community have offered to serve on the sub-committee. It will examine funding options and grant availability towards this project which is estimated will cost $6,000,000+ to put the infrastructure in place. We believe there will be an immediate financial benefit to the community as soon as construction commences,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.