Brisbane-based locals prep for independence

With PNG’s 44th Independence Anniversary fast approaching, red, black and gold merchandise are spotted everywhere on the streets.

Papua New Guineans living abroad are also getting into the swing of things.

The PNG Gulf Association of Queensland is no exception, with members and their families coming out and rehearsing in their traditional attire in the Roma Street Parklands in Australia.

President Zillah Carius says they are practicing their dance for their upcoming Brisbane Independence Day celebration, set for the 15th of September at Bill Norris Oval, Beenleigh.

“So 16 groups will be performing from all over PNG’s provinces. We’ve got Kairuku, we’ve got Gulf, we’ve got Bougainville, we’ve got Milne Bay, we’ve got East New Britain, we’ve got Manus, Central and we’ve also got the Yangoru group from East Sepik performing on the day as well.”

Carius said the Yangoru group will be travelling from PNG to Queensland to perform on the eve of PNG independence.

Carmella Gware