Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove meets lecturer Arnie Kroezen and Timor-Leste trainees Joao, Rinew and Jose during his visit to CDU
Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove meets lecturer Arnie Kroezen and Timor-Leste trainees Joao, Rinew and Jose during his visit to CDU

Governor-General visits CDU

The university recently hosted a visit to Casuarina campus by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove.

Their tour took in the Trades Training Centre where Sir Peter received a demonstration of the capability of the SPEE3D Printer and was briefed on the work of the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance before meeting VET students.

Sir Peter also met with Larrakia Rangers and CDU researchers to hear how the university and Larrakia Nation are working together on a project to better understand the critically endangered shorebird, the Far Eastern Curlew.

CDU project researcher, Amanda Lilleyman said the Governor-General was particularly interested in the training and skill development opportunities being created for the Larrakia Rangers through the research.

“The project is giving us a better understanding of the ecological requirements of the Far Eastern Curlew, but it also presents the opportunity for Larrakia Rangers to build their skills and be an important part of preserving the species,” Ms Lilleyman said.

“Sir Peter was particularly interested in how these skills being developed, through the research and other work of the Larrakia Rangers, were helping to open up new employment opportunities for young people.

“He had a real interest in young people being able to access skills and education that can expand their horizons,” she said.

Sir Peter’s tour of the trades training area included inspecting the 3D printer and a chat with a group of Timor-Leste workers improving their skills as part of a partnership between CDU and the contractor that maintains Conoco Phillips oil rig in the Timor Sea.

Team Leader of VET Metal Trades and Engineering, Rohan Badenhop said Sir Peter and the workers spoke about Timor-Leste and how the CDU training was helping them towards a brighter future.

“The workers were in the process of a general machining module, practising how to operate a lathe and turn threads when Sir Peter dropped by. This type of upskilling really helps the workers in their roles on the Conoco Phillips rig,” Mr Badenhop said.

“From a CDU perspective, we’re proud to be able to deliver the training. Conoco Phillips places a high value on the upskilling of Timor-Leste workers to enhance their jobs in the oil and gas operation.”