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, Fiji, on March 8.

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

Project engineer Australian Army Captain Gerard Koen said women were an essential part of the diverse and highly skilled team working 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 their ability to lead teams.”

Almost half CC Pines’ on-site project team members are women, while Concrete Solutions has four women working on site at Blackrock Camp with additional women employed on other projects in Fiji.

Carpenter and occupational health and safety officer for Concrete Solutions, Adi Alisi Nacoba Cava, said working at Blackrock Camp over the past month had 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,” she said.

The redevelopment project is expected to be delivered in early 2021.