Port Moresby Nature Park

Nature Park beefs up security with new fencing

This is all thanks to the Silver Sponsorship support from Atlas Steel.

Branch Manager, Peter Brown said Atlas Steel is committed to supporting community organisation’s that contribute to the betterment of the city, and in the Nature Park’s case, the promotion of PNG’s flora and fauna.

“The Nature Park has achieved so much in terms of providing the community with safe and engaging recreational spaces, providing educational opportunities to school children and in undertaking wildlife breeding and conservation programs.

Aussie volunteers to help at Nature Park

Shelomi Doyle has joined as a Curator - Horticulture and Geoff Underwood as the Wildlife Department Supervisor.

Both positions are part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program (AVID), an initiative of the Australian Government.

The volunteers will be assisting the Nature Park for a period of one year.

Doyle said she was really excited to have the opportunity to be a volunteer at the Nature Park.

Park thanks NCD community

Reflecting on the achievements made this year, General Manager, Michelle McGeorge said this included building the country’s best play areas, new animal exhibits, infrastructure upgrades as well as its role as the 2015 Pacific Games official tourism partner.

 “This year the Nature Park continued to break records with more than 120,000 people visiting the Park.

“This included 15,000 students participating in our school excursion programs and more than 4,000 tour-group tourists,” said McGeorge.

Aussie Foreign Affairs Minister visits Nature Park

Bishop was particularly interested in the Nature Park’s ties with Australian-based partners, including the University of Canberra with the Piku Pig-nosed Turtle ‘Head start’ program and sister-zoo program with Zoos Victoria. 

She was given the opportunity to hold one of the baby pig-nosed turtles which will eventually be tagged and re-released into the Kikori River once fully grown.

The park’s partnership with the Australian Volunteers for International Development program was also highlighted in Bishop’s discussions with the Nature Park staff.

Nature Park hit by arsonist

On Saturday evening at around 7pm, G4S security guards on duty noticed a fire in the Nature Park’s rainforest precinct engulfing one of the viewing huts in the area. 

The guards were able to extinguish the fire before it spread.

 “I can’t comprehend how people could do such an act, particularly as the Nature Park is a charitable organization set up by the NCD to provide the community with recreational and educational opportunities”.

Nature Park wins global excellence award

The prestigious award celebrates excellence in tourism and hospitality and is given only to establishments all over the world that consistently achieve great reviews and uphold a high level professionalism. 

In the past only a few hotels in PNG have been awarded a Certificate of Excellent, such as Madang Resort.

Speaking about the award, Nature Park’s General Manager, Michelle McGeorge said she was exceptionally proud to be the first Recreational Attraction in the country to receive this award as it recognised the hard work of all the staff over the last three years.