Australia to Construct Solomon Islands Security Infrastructure

The Australian Department of Defence (ADD) has partnered with construction firms Reeves Icon and Hall to provide security-related infrastructure for the Solomon Islands Government.

The collaboration will see the development of the Western Border Outpost at Shortland Island.

It will include environmentally sustainable features to complement the regional conditions and operability requirements of the Solomon Islands government.

Once completed, the site will be utilized by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Customs and Immigration.

According to the ADD, the outpost will bolster Solomon Islands’ border protection and maritime surveillance capability.

The site is also expected to promote regional economic development.

‘A Major Milestone’

In addition to the border outpost, Reeves Icon and Hall will modernize the Hells Point Explosives Ordnance Disposal facility in Honiara, the largest city in the Solomon Islands.

Hells Point serves as the headquarters and training ground for the RSIPF explosives disposal unit.

The upgrades will improve the safety of the unit’s disposal operations and support the force’s capability growth.

“Solomon Islands has a large concentration of unexploded ordnance from the Second World War. Australia is committed to working with our Pacific partners to protect communities from this tragic legacy of war,” Defence Australia said.

“The engagement of Reeves Icon and Hall as the head contractor for the delivery of these infrastructure projects is another major milestone in our security partnership with the Solomon Islands.”

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