Talks to con­tinue Black Rock Fiji project

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The Aus­tralian and Fi­jian Gov­ern­ments are in talks about pos­si­bly al­low­ing con­trac­tors and mem­bers of the de­fence force to re­turn here to con­tinue the Black Rock Fiji project in Nadi. Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner John Feakes con­firmed this yes­ter­day.

Their team re­turned to Aus­tralia when the COVID-19 pan­demic broke out.

“Work at Black Rock is con­tin­u­ing, not at the pace it was pre-COVID, be­cause a lot of con­trac­tors and de­fence force per­son­nel have re­turned home,” Mr Feakes said.

“We are in the process of talk­ing with the Fi­jian Govern­ment for the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and con­trac­tors. Even if they are not here, work has slowed, but con­tin­ues.”

The project be­gan on Septem­ber 2019 and will be de­liv­ered in ac­cor­dance with the Lo­cal In­dus­try Ca­pa­bil­ity Plan which fore­casts sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers and sup­port­ing in­dus­tries.

The project will see the de­liv­ery of 17 new build­ings, a pa­rade ground, a rugby field and ex­ten­sive roads and sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“We are hop­ing to meet the dead­line, but it may slip,” Mr Feakes said.

The project will see the de­liv­ery of 17 new build­ings, a pa­rade ground, a rugby field and ex­ten­sive roads and sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

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