Issue 3
Monday, 14 March 2016
Charles Darwin University
A student demonstrates skills in the Operate Side by Side Vehicles course
A student demonstrates skills in the Operate Side by Side Vehicles course

Training helps keep Kakadu pristine

By Patrick Nelson

Conservation Land Management trainers have returned home to Katherine and Darwin after delivering a series of short courses to the people who keep Kakadu National Park in good health.

Team leader Danie Luttig said students learned about chainsaws, quad bikes, chemicals and four-wheel driving during the two-week program, which was delivered in Jabiru recently.

“We had 55 students who achieved a high attendance record and a high pass rate,” Mr Luttig said.

“It’s always pleasing to have enthusiastic students who consistently give their all, even in trying conditions. As a case in point, the chainsaw course was delivered over two days in humid conditions and 39C degree heat.”

Mr Luttig said the skills and knowledge were necessary to ensure the world-heritage listed national park remained in pristine condition.

“For a number of students it was confirmation and re-enforcement of safe work practices they already undertake in their workplace, but for others it was the first time doing training like this.”

The two-week Work Ready Program was delivered as a combined team training effort involving Conservation and Land Management (Top End) and the Agriculture and Rural Operations teams in Kakadu National Park.

It was the third year in a row that CDU has delivered a primary industries program to local ranger groups in Kakadu.

The trainers this year were Lee Hunt and Bob Piper from Katherine Rural Campus and Danie Luttig and Rod Edmonds from Darwin.

The courses delivered were: SMARTtrain Chemical Accreditation, Apply Chemicals, 1080 Baiting, 4WD Operations and Recovery, Operate and Maintain Chainsaws, Undertake Operational Maintenance of Machinery (Small Engines), Operate Side by Side Vehicles and Operate Quad Bikes.