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Cultural concerns are a major part of the project, with a dedicated team handling negotiations with indigenous organisations and tribal councils.
"There are hundreds and hundreds of sacred sites we've got to avoid," said project director Jeff Sharp. "We have monitors with the construction crews to make sure we do the right thing." Nextgen has also boosted indigenous employment through a deal that has seen indigenous workers comprise 10 per cent of the project's 500-strong full-time workforce.