Upper Paradise Housing

Upgrading infrastructure in Papua New Guinea with the construction of 42 high-set modular houses for the Papua New Guinean Defence Force.
  • Client: Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Location: Lombrum, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea
  • Sector: Federal Government
  • Services: Project Management, Contracts Administration, Contractor Procurement & Management, Design Management and Construction Management
  • Project Value: $20m
  • Completion: February 2015
  • Delivery Partner: Jacobs Group Australia
  • Contactor: Hornibrook NGI Limited


The Upper Paradise Housing (UPH) Project involved the design and construction of 42 high-set modular houses for the Papua New Guinean Defence Force (PNGDF) funded by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Wildara provided project services on behalf of Jacobs Group which encompassed design management, Commonwealth procurement, mobilisation, construction and financial performance of locally and overseas-based contractors. The project also required high levels of consultation with the PNG Defence Force, DIBP and the Australian High Commission to ensure the Project was delivered in accordance with both local and Australian standards.


  • Highly changing political environment
  • Logistics
  • Remote project delivery
  • Cultural and language barriers
  • Rapid mobilisation


The project was effectively delivered to meet the objectives set by the Australian Government.


“Peter displayed exceptional organisational, management and reporting skills throughout the duration of the project. Peter demonstrated a strong understanding of the political sensitivities and implications of the project and exercised his ability to identify potential risks, inform the Department and recommend sound mitigation strategies…Peter demonstrated a sound ability to manage relationships with a range of key stakeholders…Peters ability to manage the projects complexities ensured its delivery as per the agreed program and budget.” – Adrian Kovacs – Assistant Director, Offshore Infrastructure (Manus), Australian Border Force


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