The contribution of women to the Blackrock Camp redevelopment for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was celebrated on International Women’s Day in Nadi last week.

The
integrated Fijian and Australian project team includes several women from the
head contractor CC Pines Pty Ltd and their Fijian subcontractor Concrete
Solutions Limited, working both in Nadi, across Fiji, and back in Australia.

Carpenter
and occupational health and safety (OHS) officer for Concrete Solutions, Adi
Alisi Nacoba Cava, said working at Blackrock Camp over the past month has
provided a range of valuable experiences.

“I
have built a network of working relationships and friendships through everyday
interactions with our staff, other contractors, the OHS committee and
meetings.”

Project
Engineer Australian Army Captain Gerard Koen said women are an essential part
of the diverse and highly-skilled team working together to deliver world-class
peacekeeping and operational training infrastructure.

“International
Women’s Day is an opportunity to demonstrate our support for women, both within
our own workforce and around the world,” Captain Koen said.

“We
are fortunate to have a project team that includes women in a range of roles
including site security, trades, occupational health and safety, contracts,
stores, and stakeholder engagement.”

“We
are taking a moment to reflect on these women’s achievements and today we
celebrate their contribution and leadership on the project.”

CC
Pines’ on site project team includes almost 50 per cent women, while Concrete
Solutions has four women working on site at Blackrock Camp with additional
women employed on other projects in Fiji.

In
the spirit of ‘Cakacaka vata’ (working together), which is the theme of the
project, Fiji and Australia have partnered to deliver the Blackrock Camp
development, which is well underway and expected to be delivered in early 2021.

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