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Toga will provide $20,000 towards five Indigenous scholarships in 2014 Toga will provide $20,000 towards five Indigenous scholarships in 2014

Building on its commitment to foster Indigenous employment opportunities in the Top End, the Toga Group of Companies is providing $20,000 towards five Indigenous scholarships at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in 2014.

The scholarships consist of one apprenticeship in a construction-related area and four scholarships to study a Diploma of Engineering. They will be known as the Toga Indigenous Construction Apprenticeship Scholarship and the Toga Indigenous Engineering Scholarship.

Toga CEO Development and Construction Mr Fabrizio Perilli said he was pleased that negotiations with CDU resulted in such a comprehensive package.

“Since becoming established in the Territory, Toga has maintained an undertaking to advance the work skills of Indigenous employees,” Mr Perilli said.

“This is not only in line with our corporate responsibility objectives, but also enforces our commitment to supporting the growth of meaningful Indigenous employment opportunities and strengthening our relationship with the Northern Territory.

“These scholarships are testament to Toga’s ongoing commitment.

“Our strong CDU partnership is warmly embraced and we aim to maintain a high level of support as demonstrated by these Scholarship Agreements throughout the life of the Waterfront Project.”

The first stage of Toga’s Darwin Waterfront project was completed in 2009. A mixed use development comprising a hotel, landscaped parklands with Wave Pool and Lagoon as well as a mix of commercial, retail and residential properties.

Stage 2 is currently scheduled for staged completion from the first quarter of 2014 with an end value in excess of $90m. Stage 2 includes 138 apartments in three buildings, with ground floor retail and the 4000sqm CDU School of Business facility to be located in a new building fronting Kitchener Drive.