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Nhulunbuy administrator adjusts for the winds of change

By Patrick Nelson

Nick O’Callaghan … “exciting new retraining opportunities” in Nhulunbuy. Photo: Arafura Times Nick O’Callaghan … “exciting new retraining opportunities” in Nhulunbuy. Photo: Arafura Times

The recently appointed Nhulunbuy campus administrator, Nick O’Callaghan, is focusing on new possibilities as the former mining boom town prepares for its post-refinery future.

“There’s a silver lining behind the grey clouds of change,” Mr O’Callaghan said after taking up his new position recently (17 Feb).

“We anticipate that there could be some exciting new retraining opportunities for people who elect to stay.

“We may be able to offset the closure of the Rio Tinto refinery with support in other areas, such as horticulture and agribusiness, marine and fisheries, forestry and cultural tourism.

“These are all areas where we could offer programs to assist people in developing new skill sets and assist them in maximising new opportunities and another way of life.”

Mr O’Callaghan said staff also were determined to continue delivering courses that were on offer last year.

“We have some fantastic professional staff with strong track records in delivering courses in heavy equipment and metal trades, agriculture and rural operations, sport and recreation, and children’s services,” he said.

Mr O’Callaghan, wife Gabrielle and their three children moved to Nhulunbuy last year from Warrnambool in Victoria where he had coordinated the hospitality and events management courses at Southwest Institute of TAFE for the previous seven years.