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IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS, BUILDING SKILLS AND RELATIONSHIPS GO HAND IN HAND BY STEVE HART Downer has been working in the Pacific since 1983 and, when it arrives in places such as the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, hires as many locals as possible to work on local projects. Jeff Oldman, Executive General Manager at Downer, says that infrastructure work carried out by the firm is seen as a major contributor to the economies of the island nations it works for – with weekly wages around $250 for each Islander it employs. 24 / DOWNER / IN BLACK & WHITE


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