NOOSA - The Australian government says that Australia and Papua New Guinea’s security partnership has reached an important milestone with a contract for the redevelopment of Lombrum Naval Base awarded to Clough Australia.
According to Australia’s defence department, the contract will strengthen the PNG Defence Force capability to “protect PNG’s borders and maritime resources”.
The joint initiative will also provide greater opportunities for training and joint activities between the PNGDF and the Australian Defence Force.
Construction starts this month and will create 350 jobs in PNG, including 200 on Manus, with opportunities in construction and support industries.
The project is also said to put in K146 million into the PNG economy, although its total value was not revealed.
An Australian government statement said the development demonstrates Australia’s commitment to the Pacific.
The contract covers facilities to support patrol boat operations, working, training and living accommodation for PNGDF personnel, and water, sewerage and electrical generation services.
Source: Australian Department of Defence