THEY fell in love with the city’s sights, mixed with rugby league royalty and grabbed headlines of their own during a whistlestop tour of Sydney they will never forget.
Such was the four-day life of 15 PMV drivers from PNG who were selected from the NRL-related national road safety competitions to tour Australia for the NRL grand final last week.
If being part of a record crowd at ANZ Stadium was not enough, the tourists gazed awestruck from the top of iconic Sydney Tower after attending a final St George Dragons training session at Redfern Park last Saturday, as they made their way through the heart of the city’s prime tourist destinations.
In the process they captured the attention of Australia’s national media, with commentary on the tour appearing in major newspapers in both Sydney and interstate.
They were filmed for a story on the nationally televised Channel Ten News as well as being the subject of a 10-minute discussion between prominent Australian radio presenters Roy Slaven and HG Nelson on the famous FM radio station, Triple M.
Motor Vehicles Insurance Ltd (MVIL) managing director John Mua, who was the key figure behind the road safety: It’s not a game campaign instigated by MVIL, said the drivers had captured the attention of the Australian public.