Issue 17
Monday, 09 October 2017
Charles Darwin University
(From left): Sajjad Rana, Dale Wakefield MLA, Kaye Eade and Lyle Mellors at Business at Sunset
(From left): Sajjad Rana, Dale Wakefield MLA, Kaye Eade and Lyle Mellors at Business at Sunset

Hope shines brightly during Sunset in Alice

By Patrick Nelson

The Business Central team leader, Sajjad Rana, says he holds great optimism for the Red Centre after listening to the conversations at the third annual Business at Sunset event at Alice Springs campus last week.

“The event exceeded expectations in the sense that it allowed about 80 of Central Australia’s business people and training and education professionals to gather, mingle, chat and to network,” Mr Rana said.

“As someone new to Alice Springs and as someone who is yet to see the iconic Todd River flow, I’m delighted to have tapped into the optimism for the future and the apparent hunger to seize opportunity.

“Perhaps it has something to do with the unique lifestyle or the friendly and resilient characters you meet in this town, but there is a new-hope mindset here where people always seem to look on the brighter side of life.”

Mr Rana said Business at Sunset, which was co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce NT, allowed CDU to showcase its campus, staff and the wide range of courses on offer.

“We are excited that construction of the new joint venture Trades Skills Centre is well advanced,” he said.

“In the Business Central team, we offer certificate and diploma courses in retail services, accounts administration, leadership and management, accounting and much more.

“A great many other courses are available through our other VET teams and there are higher education opportunities in nursing, midwifery and environmental science.” 

Mr Rana said Business at Sunset had given him food for thought to assess how the Business Central team could better serve the training needs of Central Australia.

“We also took the occasion to acknowledge former Director Paul Fitzsimons, who made an enormous contribution to this university and the broader community before his passing last week.”