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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Yirrkala celebrates

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

The Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala has celebrated the achievements of 40 local people who have completed a range of courses at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

At the recent cross-cultural graduation ceremony, students donned Batchelor Institute’s yellow gowns and ochre panels and many students also incorporated traditional head pieces and face painting with their academic dress.

Most students attained Certificates I and II in Conservation and Land Management, to assist them in their current roles as Aboriginal rangers.

Several students also completed a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation, as well as a handful of students receiving certifications in business, training and assessment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.

Batchelor Institute says graduates have all developed skills they can use in their community.

Among the graduates were father and daughter Hamish and Rakuwan Gondarra, who completed their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. Hamish is currently working as a ranger with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.  During his studies he was also a part of the Learning on Country program, where Aboriginal rangers and Elders contribute to the education of school students.

Rakuwan was a Year 12 VET in Schools student, who completed her Year 12 certificate and the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management as well as becoming a mother.

Batchelor Institute lecturer Dr Cheryl O’Dwyer, who teaches Conservation and Land Management in Nhulunbuy, commended the graduates on their progress and achievements.

Graduates and officials at the Batchelor Institute ceremony in Yirkala.


The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.


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