ABOUT 240 tonnes of building and hardware has been delivered to parts of the Kokoda Track in what has been labelled the largest ever delivery of infrastructure materials to the region.

The delivery was made by the Kokoda Initiative Development Program, for which professional services group Coffey International manages development through the Provincial and Local Level Governments Program.

Coffey said the materials, which include four double classrooms, two staff houses, an Aid Post, 34 toilets, eight water tanks and six incinerators, were sent by helicopter and road to Kokoda, Kanga, Efogi, Isurava and Abuari.

More than 18,000 people will benefit from improved sanitation, waste disposal and access to fresh water with the delivery of the new systems, Coffey said.

In addition, more than 300 students in the Kokoda region will have increased access to quality education from the building of the permanent classrooms andaccommodation for teachers.

More than 100 local villagers will be employed to assist in delivering the projects.

Oro Provincial Council chairman for education and social services Herbert Isemba said he welcomed the influx of building projects to the region.

“They are very important not only for improving the health and education but in helping stimulate the economy in the area by employing many local people,” he said.