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Six Hundred New Jobs In Construction Of Black Rock Military Camp

It is estimated that the project will cost $40 million and take 18 months for major construction activities.
15 Sep 2019 13:01
Six Hundred New Jobs In Construction Of Black Rock Military Camp
Black Rock In Nadi

Six hundred new jobs are be­ing created in the construc­tion industry in the redevel­opment of Black Rock Military Camp in Nadi.

It is estimated that the project will cost $40 million and take 18 months for major construction activities.

Details were discussed yesterday between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his delegation with senior officials of the Aus­tralian Government and the Aus­tralian Defence Force onboard the HMAS Adelaide in Sydney.

Mr Bainimarama is on his fourth day of his first official visit to Aus­tralia today when he and his del­egation travel to Canberra to meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australia is a development part­ner in Black Rock. In June, Austral­ian Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Marise Payne visited Black Rock and reiterated Australia’s sup­port for its redevelopment. It would be a world class facility when com­pleted, said Senator Payne.

It is a Regional Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Dis­aster Response (HADR) Centre.

It is being described as a signature defence infrastructure that aims to enhance engagement in the Pacific region to support humanitarian assistance and disaster response capability.

From the Fijian perspective it will greatly benefit the economy through new jobs and increased commercial activities.

There are three phases of the pro­ject. The planning and design phase started in August last year. Early works started in April this year. The contract was awarded to a local company to undertake bulk earth­works and access control works. It involves bulk earthwork which is currently happening.

The main work will start as soon as the current work is completed. The contract has been awarded to an Australian company, relating to structural construction.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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