Issue 1
Monday, 15 February 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Volunteer drivers Rob Buttery, Sonia Dunford and Neil Jones at the 7 Mate Australia Day Ute Run
Volunteer drivers Rob Buttery, Sonia Dunford and Neil Jones at the 7 Mate Australia Day Ute Run

Flag-bearing utes claim Aussie Day honours

The School of Trades has collected an unexpected trophy in recognition of its support for the children’s charity Variety at the Australia Day Ute Run in Darwin.

School of Trades Education Project Manager Rob Buttery said Charles Darwin University was awarded a trophy in the Best Business category for its three-car entry in the street parade through the city.

“We entered the three Vocational Education and Training School of Trades utes in the event,” Mr Buttery said.

“There were about 500 entries this year.”

Mr Buttery said the utes each carried a flag on poles and supports made by members of the VET Trades, Metals and Maritime team at Casuarina campus.

“We received a lot of comments from enthusiasts about the simple, well-constructed stands,” he said.

“The flags flown were the Australian national flag, Northern Territory flag and the Aboriginal flag, reflecting CDU’s association with those three bodies.

“We were delighted with the support from the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education, which provided us with the Aboriginal flag. 

“The combination of the three flags flying together was a celebration of what’s important to us.”

Mr Buttery said funds raised at the annual ute run were donated to the Variety Club NT.