Issue 5 - June 1, 2009 enews home

Training flows from CDU to essential services operators

Essential service operators Aaron Collins (left), from
Kintore, and Aaron Young, from Haarts Bluff,
sterilise a copper pipe to take accurate water samples

By Jason McIntosh

Charles Darwin University has expanded training at Power and Water Corporation to include a water sampling course for the company’s bush-based essential service operators (ESOs).

More than 30 participants attended the course in Alice Springs recently. The training is expected to continue across the Territory later this year.

CDU Vet workplace assessor and trainer of ESOs in southern regions of the Territory, Glenn Irvine, said the participants were eager to learn about water safety.

"The value just isn't what they’re learning for their jobs to maintain essential services in remote communities for Power and Water, but also the knowledge they can pass on to their communities," he said.

Aaron Collins, from Kintore, said he enjoyed the opportunity to take part in ongoing learning at Power and Water.

"It's a great job that always keeps you busy," he said.

Power and Water's Remote Operations Manager for Community Liaison Darren Johnson said ESOs were critical to maintaining consistent and quality services to bush communities.

"They are our eyes and ears within the communities and we rely on them to keep us informed on the status of our operation in remote locations," he said.

About 70 remote communities across the Territory rely on ESOs to keep water, power and sewerage services operating.