By GABRIEL LAHOC
BLACK cat trail, the toughest bush trek in Papua New Guinea, is set to become Morobe province’s prime tourist attraction.
Local landowners from Salamaua in the Huon Gulf district to Wau-Bulolo in the Bulolo district have formed an association to manage the trek.
With the association in place, Huon Gulf MP and Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sasa Zibe has pledged K10,000 to the new association to develop Black Cat into a true tourist attraction.
“The Black Cat Trail is now a top priority,” Mr Zibe said.
Mr Zibe also challenged the people to look after the natural diversity and improve it in order to see it benefiting themselves.
The Salamaua people were given this news recently by Mr Zibe during the launch of Salamaua local level government’s equipment and other developments for the area were promised.
Australian honorary consul and Salamaua resident Phil Franklin, who has experienced Black Cat trail, Kokoda track, Bulldog track and Shaggy Ridge called for unity and cooperation among the locals to preserve their many cultures and benefit as part of the Black Cat package.
Governor Luther Wenge also appealed to the locals to look after visitors and be friendly with them.