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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.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big year at Batchelor

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE achievements of students from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education were celebrated at the organisation’s largest graduation ceremony, held on June 15.

A total of 313 individual graduates received 350 awards at the Batchelor Campus, south of Darwin. Graduates came from 79 communities across four states and territories, with most students coming from the Northern Territory and many from remote communities.

Certificates presented ranged from VET Certificate I through to doctorates.

This year’s graduating group, the majority of which identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is amongst the largest the Batchelor Institute has had in its 40-plus-year history of providing Indigenous education in the NT.

Batchelor also celebrated a record number of completions for 2016, with 1000 students finishing their qualifications.

In a graduation ceremony highlight, Jennifer Rita Fraser was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Knowledges, and gave a heartfelt address to the audience.

Each year, special awards are sponsored in recognition of students’ outstanding achievements in their fields of study.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation VET Award went to Karen Rogers, from Ngukurr (NT).

The Koori Mail Award, presented by general manager Naomi Moran, went to Daniel Wilson from Sawtell (NSW), recognising his outstanding achievements as a student enrolled in broadcasting or media studies.

The Harry Wilson Memorial Award went to Rita Oui, from Kuranda (Qld). This award is sponsored by the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) in recognition of an outstanding student in the Certificate III Media course.

Valerie Wunungmurra, from Nhulunbuy (NT), won the NBC Consultants Award, which is sponsored by NBC Consultants in recognition of the most outstanding student that has completed a Certificate in Business.
Naomi Rosas receiving her Certificate IV from Batchelor Institute Council Chairperson Professor Mark Rose


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aunty Joyce celebrates education

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

At the age of 68, Aunty Joyce Summers completed a degree in Indigenous Studies.

It’s because of her passion for education that the Gold Coast Aboriginal Elder has been recognised as a Bond University fellow.

Aunty Joyce received the honorary title from the Gold Coast-based university in recognition of her significant contribution, particularly in the development of Bond's Nyombil Indigenous Support Centre. 

Born on Ukerabah Island, an Aboriginal reserve on the Tweed River, Aunty Joyce was involved in the community fight to save the island from development, alongside her brother Cedric Morgan and the late Senator Neville Bonner, Australia's first Indigenous Member of Parliament.

She was chair of Gold Coast City's NAIDOC) celebrations in 2015 and has received a Premier's Award in recognition of her community work.

Aunty Joyce said she looked forward to continuing to work with Bond University and its growing Indigenous student group.

"I think it is wonderful that Bond has so many Indigenous students studying here, and such a high retention rate of these students," she said.

"I'm a humble person. You do things out of the goodness of your heart and don't expect accolades, but I feel truly honoured to be recognised as a fellow of Bond University."

Bond vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford said Aunty Joyce had been instrumental in the support and growth of the Nyombil centre, including mentoring Bond's Indigenous students.

"Aunty Joyce has helped establish many committees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations on the Gold Coast and is an advocate for the healing of relationships between Indigenous peoples and others through understanding and tolerance," he said.

"She is committed to the advancement of Indigenous people and places a high value on the importance of education. She has always made herself available to the university, and indeed myself, to give spiritual advice and guidance on the ways and culture of Indigenous people."
Aunty Joyce Summer

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


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yolngu studies on offer at CDU

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A DIPLOMA of Yolngu Studies will be among three courses to be introduced this year at Charles Darwin University. New postgraduate spatial science and education courses will be available along with the diploma, which offers skills in speaking and writing Yolngu Matha languages of Northern Australia.

CDU’s Professor Martin Carroll said the courses would provide practical learning experiences for students along with the flexibility to study on campus or online.

“At CDU we are committed to working with Indigenous knowledge holders to create platforms for meaningful cultural exchanges,” he said.

“We are constantly adapting our courses to include the latest in technologies and trends so that students are better prepared to enter changing workplaces.”

The Yolngu Advisory Group guided CDU’s School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy on the coordination and management of the Yolngu Studies courses.
CDU Yolngu Studies lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy and course coordinator Yasunori Hayashi


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Transformation for communities

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

AFTER delving into his family history and discovering his great-grandmother was Wiradjuri, UTS academic Allan Teale set the wheels in motion
for a revitalisation project in central-western NSW.

UTS Design academics and students visited the communities of Lake Cargelligo and Murrin Bridge, hoping to transform neglected building and public spaces.

“It couldn’t have happened without interior and spatial design lecturer Campbell Drake,” Mr Teale told the Koori Mail.

“He’s a man that puts the community above himself every time. He’s the one who took the students out there and it wouldn’t have happened without him.

“He’s a down-to-earth guy. He and the students did a pop-up presentation to the community of their ideas. They really did a great job.”

Mr Teale travelled to the communities with 35 UTS students to introduce them to the locals, then students worked with residents on design proposals.

“I go out there every couple of months,” he said.

“I feel better as soon as I get out of Sydney. I feel better as soon as I get over those mountains. It feels like home.

“I’ve been connecting with the community there. I’m welcomed once I’ve made that connection. I’ve spent three years going out there and trying to get things happening.”

In Lake Cargelligo, students have been working to convert the art deco Civic theatre into an arts and culture space, renew the 100-seat cinema, and reinvigorate the foreshore community club into the town’s new events venue.

The brief for Murrin Bridge includes retrofitting the existing health centre into a multi-purpose community centre, beautifying the town’s cemetery and upgrading the sports ground.

Mr Teale said the experience was beneficial not only to the communities but also to students, some of whom were on exchange from all over the world.

“The community rubbed off on them and they’re just as excited as me to see these plans come to fruition,” he said.

Thanks for caring
“I had someone at the local IGA come up to me and say, ‘Thanks for caring for our community.’

“Feedback like that is important because it’s good to know people are happy. That means a lot to me, and to the students.”

Mr Teale said although the project was his brainchild, executing it was a group effort.

“Not only did I have the support of Campbell Drake but we had the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on board, especially Paul McFayden,” he said.

“And of course none of it would have been possible without the Jumbunna unit at UTS and all the staff there.

“It was like cogs. Without one person’s support it wouldn’t have happened.

“I’m proud to have been part of it.”

UTS students and local Elders in Murrin Bridge

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


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