A visitor with 'PNG magic'
In December 2018, we were fortunate to host a visit from Mr Murray Maroroa, Chair of the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), our principal partner in Papua New Guinea.
Murray (at rear to left of bookcase) with staff and volunteers.
The visit was to enable Murray to meet all the EDO NSW staff and board and provide an insight into how we do public interest environmental law in Australia – to give Murray ideas as to how he might steer CELCOR’s direction.
Murray brings a huge amount of community, private sector and public sector experience to the CELCOR board, having started as a kiap (district officer) in pre-independence days and eventually becoming the Provincial Administrator of Oro Province. His first and last visit to Sydney was in the mid 1970s as part of an Australian Government training program for PNG leaders.
In Melbourne: Sarah Varney of Counsel, Murray Maroroa and Cecilia Fonseca of EDO NSW.
Murray covered a lot of ground during his brief visit, including an interview with Pacific Mornings on ABC Radio Australia, meetings with each of EDO NSW’s management team, observing the operation of EDO NSW’s board and a visit to Melbourne to discuss strategic litigation in PNG with members of the Victorian Bar.
We were thrilled to host Murray, a most endearing guest, who, in his words, brought a bit of ‘PNG magic’ to our meetings!