Memorial upgrade helps to keep Kokoda story alive

Media Release


22 November 2017

Joint release with:

Jason Wood

Federal Member for La Trobe

  • New drinking fountains on the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges
  • The Kokoda Campaign was one of the most important fought by Australians in WW2
  • The Coalition Government fully funded the $50,000 upgrade

One of Australia's most important military campaigns has been marked today with the completion of the drinking fountain upgrade at the 1000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, in Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Kokoda Campaign, fought in 1942, was arguably Australia's most significant operation during the Second World War.

“This track is a reflection of the sacrifices made by Australians in defending our nation and values, including those who sacrificed their lives,” Mr Chester said.

“For the soldiers fighting along this track conditions were atrocious with many basics, such as water, in short supply. More than 4,000 people died from sickness during the campaign.”

“This project will help mark those efforts by encouraging people to visit the track.”

Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the project has delivered 12 drinking fountains and eight refill stations along the three kilometre track in Victoria.

“The Federal Coalition Government fully funded this $50,000 project, supporting approximately 800,000 visitors to this memorial every year,” Mr Wood said.

“It will reduce costs associated with the purchase and disposal of bottled water along the trail, while providing easy access for visitors looking to remain hydrated while walking the track.

“Importantly, the project also created three jobs during construction. I am delighted to see it delivered.”

Construction on the project started in September 2017 and was completed on 31 October 2017.