No plans to revive Black Cat Track: Agus

National

THE Tourism Promotion Authority has no plans to revive the Black Cat Track in Morobe after the incident three years ago in which three porters were killed, says chief executive officer Jerry Agus.
The incident made headlines overseas when the three porters were killed, others were injured and eight expatriate trekkers attacked.
Two PNG porters were hacked to death when a trekking group, including eight Australians and a New Zealander, were attacked on the Black Cat outside Wau in Morobe on September 11, 2013.
A third porter died a few days later at the Angau Memorial Hospital.
“Black Cat was an alternative to the Kokoda Trail,” Agus told The National yesterday.
“We were developing that. TPA was putting radios and conducting a lot of training between Salamaua and Wau for the trail. But after that incident, in which some of our tourists were physically attacked, there were a lot of arguments between the people of Salamaua, Wau and those between.
“We’ve decided not to promote that at the moment. But we are coming up with plans, including discussions with landowners to revive the track again. It’s another option apart from Kokoda. A lot of people have done Kokoda and they just want to do another track.”
He said there were other tracks such as the Black Cat (Wau-Salamaua), the Bulldog (Wau-Kerema) and the Lark Force in East New Britain.

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