Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
VET Programs Director Dennis Tonkin (left) and program manager Rob Buttery with the Flamin’ Trophy in one of the winning utes
VET Programs Director Dennis Tonkin (left) and program manager Rob Buttery with the Flamin’ Trophy in one of the winning utes

Flamin’ Trophy heats up talent

By Katie Weiss

A Charles Darwin University staffer has received a smoking hot award for blazing a trail of utes, flags and Territory pride.

Vocational Education and Trades program manager Rob Buttery became the first staffer to receive the VET Faculty’s new “Flamin’ Trophy” award, hand-crafted by his colleagues.

Mr Buttery received the bells-and-whistles trophy after leading the CDU trades team to victory in this year’s Australia Day Ute Run, organised by Variety NT.

The team won the Best Business category for its three-ute entry in the Darwin CBD parade, and was decked out in the Australian flag, the NT flag and the Aboriginal flag.

Director of VET Programs Dennis Tonkin said the trophy was designed to spark bold initiatives and acknowledge the creative ways staff enhanced and promoted VET at CDU.

“This priceless trophy will aim to regularly award staff whose extensive efforts and talent lead to furthering VET programs across the university,” Mr Tonkin said.

“The titanium flames, which flare from the trophy’s sterling silver container, light up in recognition of bright ideas.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor, VET Ms Christine Robertson and the VET Faculty Office commissioned CDU metal trades and maritime thematic team leader Rohan Badenhop and his team to create the treasured trophy.

Mr Badenhop said he and VET lecturer Robert Christie created the 40 cm high trophy to resemble the Olympic torch, with some students helping in its wielding and overall construction.