Issue 20
Monday, 20 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
From left: School of Trades Head Roy Brandner congratulates Flying Spanners winners Alex Riley and Eldhose Thomas
From left: School of Trades Head Roy Brandner congratulates Flying Spanners winners Alex Riley and Eldhose Thomas

Prizes for high achievers in Red Centre

By Patrick Nelson

Alice Springs campus recognised high-achieving students when it awarded 65 prizes and four scholarships at its annual awards and prize-giving event.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks congratulated the winners before speaking of his optimism for the future of CDU in Central Australia.

“We expect the recently built Trade Skills Centre will be fitted out early next year, hopefully to be fully operational in time for the start of 2018,” he said.

“It will allow us to deliver training in Plumbing and associated trades to middle and senior school students as well as to local apprentices, who currently must fly to Darwin for their training.

“We will also expand the middle school VET pathways offerings next year to include 14 courses for up to 160 Year 9 students.”

Professor Maddocks also reflected on several of this year’s highlights.

“We experienced substantial growth in our Nursing and Midwifery programs with back-to-back practical blocks running all year on our campus in the simulation ward.

“This has provided invaluable training opportunities for many students who, due to remoteness or circumstance in life, are unable to access traditional university opportunities.”

Professor Maddocks said the Red Centre Nats car festival had provided CDU with a unique opportunity to engage with motoring enthusiasts.

“For the third year in a row we’ve hosted the Flying Spanners competition where mechanics compete against each other, and the clock, to dismantle and reassemble a short motor.

“I especially congratulate this year’s winners Alex Riley and Eldhose Thomas.”

Professor Maddocks said it had been a privilege this year to have welcomed Professor Barry Judd, the first Indigenous professorial appointment to Central Australia.

He congratulated 10 staff for continuous and meritorious service, including Fleur Mundy who has achieved 25 years with CDU. And he paid tribute to former head art teacher Iain Campbell and former Director Central Australia Paul “Fizzer” Fitzsimons, who passed away this year.