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Papua New Guinea-Australia AFL Taskforce Meets::

The PNG-Australia AFL Taskforce is continuing to kick goals for the advancement of Australian Rules football in Papua New Guinea.

Co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, and PNG's Minister for Transport, Ano Pala, the Taskforce met in Port Moresby today to finalise a report that will set clear recommendations on how Australian Rules can be expanded and strengthened in PNG.

Established in partnership with the AFL, the PNG-Australia AFL Taskforce aims to have its recommendations become the foundation for enhanced partnership programs over the coming years.

"This Taskforce is an important step in the development of Australian Rules football in PNG and we know that well-organised sport can have a very positive impact on both individuals and communities," Mr Marles said.

"Through this collaboration between Australia, PNG and the AFL, the Taskforce aims to open up more opportunities for men, women and children to play the game in PNG, as well as increase the prospects for elite players to pursue their football at the highest levels."

Those attending this morning's meeting included PNG's Minister for Sports and Pacific Games, Justin Tkatchenko, Acting Chancellor of the University of PNG, Professor Ken Sumbuk, Australian Football League (AFL) Asia Pacific Development Manager, Andrew Cadzow and Chairman of PNG AFL, Scott Reid.

08 November 2012