The Kokoda Track is one of the most remote and challenging terrain around. With over 5000 visitors a year to this historic area, communications are essential for both the Kokoda Track Authority and the trekking companies who use this route. Not to mention the many villages who use the track daily to commute, with limited mobile coverage having reliable communications is key to safety on the track for all. VHF radios have been used along the track for a number of years to provide low cost and reliable communications, but due to a number of factors the existing system had deteriorated and required upgrades.
Funding was sourced and a plan put together to install new radios into 14 villages initially, identified as key locations along the track.