Aussies on alert

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday 20th December 2011

AUSTRALIAN aid agencies working in Papua New Guinea are on high alert as the country’s political turmoil drags on.
Child Fund Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that works directly with community leaders and families in PNG supporting children’s welfare, said its staff in Port Moresby were on high alert and were ready to suspend their work if there was
any trouble on the streets.
ChildFund Australia chief executive officer, Nigel Spence said while no programmes had been suspended so far, non-essential travel to the outer villages where they work had been suspended.
Spence said there were 20 staff, all PNG nationals, working in their head office.