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Safety top issue for agriculture students

VET lecturer Kerrie Cokley (centre) with agriculture students Lucy Campbell and Meg Rasheed VET lecturer Kerrie Cokley (centre) with agriculture students Lucy Campbell and Meg Rasheed

The Katherine Rural Campus was a hive of activity last week with 40 students engaged in a course to build the skills they need to work on cattle stations, while another 30 took training and assessment units.

Rural Operations Team leader Tim Biggs said the thrust of the five-day agricultural program was to develop sound attitudes and behaviour around safe work practices.

“We taught them horsemanship skills, motorbike skills and the basics of occupational safety,” Mr Biggs said.

“There are risks in the agricultural industry so the emphasis was to ensure all the recruits were well versed in following good safe procedures.

“They came from all over Australia and had varied backgrounds and experiences. Some were well adept to working in the industry and some were new to the sector.”

Mr Biggs said the students were now working on pastoral properties run by the Australian Agricultural Company.

“We have another cohort on campus this week doing a variety of programs including four-wheel-driving, how to operate a tractor and conservation and land management.

“Some are employees with the Indigenous Land Corporation and others are local internal students.”