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Picture perfect venue for 25th anniversary celebration

By Patrick Nelson

Guests take their seats ahead of formal proceedings at the anniversary celebration Guests take their seats ahead of formal proceedings at the anniversary celebration

The picturesque lakeside garden at Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus provided the perfect venue for a dry season cocktail evening to celebrate 25 years of university education in the Northern Territory.

Among more than 100 guests in attendance were CDU Chancellor, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC, Education Minister Peter Chandler and Palmerston Mayor Ian Abbott.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the event recognised and celebrated the role and contribution of the Palmerston campus in the university’s history and ongoing success in delivering education and training to the local community.

“CDU’s Palmerston campus, its staff and students are a very important  part of our success in the Vocational Education and Training area,” he said.

“It is a vital part of the Palmerston community, which is one of the fastest growing centres in the NT.”

School of Service Industries Head Bharat Desai said the event was one of Palmerston campus’s proudest moments.

“We were delighted to welcome industry representatives from tourism and hospitality, cookery and bakery, IT and library studies, and the hair, beauty and retail sectors, as well as many colleagues and friends from within the university.

“Anthony De Lorenzo from the hair care products firm came from Sydney to join us in what was a fantastic evening.

“A number of students volunteered by welcoming guests at registration, providing hospitality services or by showing people through parts of the campus.

“Commercial cookery graduate Leah Sloan had a real impact on our guests with an inspiring story about her university experience and success as a business owner in the greater Darwin area.”

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CDU 25th anniversary