Nature Park clarifies indefinite closure

The recent announcement of the indefinite closure of the Port Moresby Nature Park is a result of a land acquisition matter before the courts.

In a statement, the Park said the matter is between the Department of Lands, the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).

“NCDC has managed and funded the site since 1993 (formerly as the Botanical Gardens and now Port Moresby Nature Park), investing tens of millions of Kina in this time to ensure that throughout the space has remained opened for the public.

“The Port Moresby Nature Park remains committed to NCDC and its goal of securing recreational spaces and activities that improves the lives of its citizens.

“Recreational spaces are an important extension of community and when they work well, they serve as sacred spaces to stage our public lives. Additionally, the Nature Park serves as a facility for education, tourism, research and conservation – all vital activities worth securing for future generations to come.

“The management of the Port Moresby Nature Park would like to take the opportunity to thank the general public for its outpouring of support towards our organisation. Please stand firm in the knowledge that the Nature Park is committed to the community and to conservation and with the support of NCDC, will continue to ensuring that the Park remains PNG’s leading recreational space dedicated through education to the guardianship of PNG’s unique natural environment.

“We look forward to opening our doors once more and will advise the community in due course.”

(An animal encounter experience for students on excursion)

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