An Australian volunteer who was doing whatever volunteers do in PNG.
I was there for 2 years until Dec 2005 .. I hope I made the most of it.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Workcover. What?

Construction site - PNG style. Bare feet, thongs. Exposed reo. Occasional hardhat. Workcover in Australia would have an absolute fit.

This is the new multi-purpose centre building for IT and others. One of 4 new buildings going up at the moment. It is a EU funded project that - like most things here - has taken about 10 years to get off the ground.

This project is good from a development wise aspect, because just about all of the levels of involvment are local enterprises. Unlike some other Aid agencies that like to award contracts to companies owned by their nationals.

The only thing I am not sure about is if the EU would feel duty bound in case a construction worker happen to skewer himself on an exposed piece of reo bar. Probably not.