I have helped with solutions on octave bugs earlier and also submitted a diff patch recently on (#57771).
I don't see any attachments on bug #57771 , is that the correct number?
I assume you've read through the wiki packaging project issues list . Is there something in particular you'd like to try?
I know that a few people have been looking at the package structure recently , but not sure anyone has headed down the path of re-doing the whole package handling scheme as has been suggested . The latter would be a fairly big task, not sure if it's GSOC manageable, but you'd want to make sure someone isn't doing that if you've picked a pkg subproject that could become incompatible.