Issue 2 - 4 March 2013 enews home

New living quarters for bush lecturers


By Patrick Nelson


NT Link Director Tony Smith hands the keys to CDU Business Team Leader Mike Drew

Charles Darwin University staff who travel thousands of kilometres each year to deliver training now have a place they can call home regardless of where they are in the bush.

Business Team Leader Mike Drew accepted the keys to two transportable accommodation buildings in Alice Springs recently.

“The Remote Accommodation for Indigenous Delivery (RAID) buildings are good, solid facilities featuring a bedroom, ensuite, kitchenette and office,” he said.

“They will be moved from community to community as needed, which means we can now guarantee our bush-going lecturers safe and comfortable living quarters.”

Mr Drew said one would be deployed to Titjikala and the other to Ali Curung – where lecturers Richard Waring and Kerry Shervey are scheduled to deliver Certificate II in Business courses this month.

Mr Drew said the 11m x 3m buildings were custom-designed and made in Darwin by NT Link.

“NT Link will do the heavy lifting. They will upload, move and download the transportables to 18 communities in the MacDonnell, Barkly and Central Desert shires.”

He said the lecturers would also carry satellite dishes that would give them internet access and the ability to connect to the CDU network.

“The RAID buildings and the satellite dishes will make a major difference to the continuous improvement of the training provided by the Business and IT Team,” he said.

“Not only does this mean better training for students, it is also logistically more efficient and promises to improve staff well-being.”