CPB Contractors has successfully completed its part of the ANGAU Hospital Redevelopment project in Papua New Guinea.
Almost 90% of site work hours were completed by Papua New Guineans.
CPB Contractors Area Manager, Garren Reddy said: “We predominantly employ local and are proud to showcase what our national workforce has accomplished. One of our objectives, as an Australian PNG-based company, is to partner with local businesses and supply chains wherever possible.”
“We also work closely with the local university to create employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate engineers and ensure that our workforce is mentored and up-skilled throughout the project. The infrastructure and construction projects we deliver aren’t just producing a building; our projects help build communities and contribute to an area’s economic development.”
Improved employment and capacity building opportunities for the local workforce, including equitable opportunities for women and men, are one of the many positive results of this PNG-Australia Partnership project.
Priscilla Tangu, a Junior Engineer with CPB Contractors said working on the hospital project has been an inspiring journey: “I have learnt so much working with CPB, and I am so happy and proud to say that I have learnt so much about the new technologies involved within the construction industry from software to plant and equipment to methodology, some of which I did not even know existed until now.”
Despite the challenges brought by Covid, CPB Contractors finished its contract on time and recently celebrated the completion of its role on the hospital.
To mark this milestone, CPB senior staff from the Australian office toured the site and acknowledged the great work of PNG-based staff, particularly for their commendable safety record.
CPB Contractors General Manager Queensland and PNG, Vince Sanfilippo thanked staff for their work:
“CPB Contractors is incredibly proud of the work delivered in PNG over the last decade, and the legacy of the ANGAU Memorial Hospital for critical health services in the region.”
“Delivered safely to time and budget, and with significant benefits to the PNG people through local employment and training, I thank everyone involved in the project. We have forged strong ties to PNG in recent years and look forward to working on further transformational projects here.”