Issue 6 - 2 July 2012 enews home

'Home on wheels' ready to head bush

By Patrick Nelson

Adam Bourke

Federal Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans inspects the cabin of the new mobile learning unit

Charles Darwin University has increased its capacity to deliver face-to-face classes in remote communities following the recent unveiling of a state-of-the-art mobile learning unit.

CDU Facilities Service Manager John Dowd said the university needed a robust four-wheel drive that could accommodate up to two staff in remote locations for several weeks at a time.

"It means we can put our higher education lecturers or vocational training staff right into the heart of a remote community where they will be safe, comfortable and fully equipped," he said.

"It's a very well-appointed self-contained vehicle with cooking amenities, a generator, air-conditioning, and shower and toilet facilities.

"The communication equipment is comprehensive with a satellite disk on the roof that will support internet services, WIFI, television, video and a global position system."

Mr Dowd said the vehicle, valued at $350,000, would be deployed for the first time early in Semester 2.