News: Council staff lead the way

Congratulations to a number of council staff who were honoured at recent higher education graduations.

Posted: Friday, 23 December 2016

Elliott housing maintenance officer Darren Bathern received Charles Darwin University’s 2016 Metal Fabrication Apprentice of the Year award.

Darren, began a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) in 2014 and has impressed everyone at Council with his commitment to his studies.

Cameron Rankine, also from Elliott, received his Cert III in Civil Construction while Garry James at the Tennant office received his Cert III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

Offices across the region are in good hands into the future with Cysila Rose and Mark and Jodi Parsons at Ali Curung, Garry James (Tennant Creek). Robert Smith (Ampilatwatja) and Shelley McDonald (Elliott) all receiving their Cert IV Leadership and Management.

Zephaniah Morton, apprentice mechanic in Ali Curung working under the supervision of Trevor McDonald and also Essential Services Officer, has worked hard and consistently with his studies in this his first year.

Zephaniah attended every training block at CDU Casuarina and received excellent reports from both his CDU lecturers and Kailas Kerr of Central Desert Training, who has been delivering the Literacy Numeracy/Workforce Development Program to BRC staff on communities.

Zephaniah is one of the original participants of BRC’s LLN program, having commenced during its pilot phase on Ampilatwatja in 2014.

Zephaniah has since been a regular participant of the program, now in its third year, working most specifically on developing numeracy skills to the stage where, as Kailas noted recently, he is now confidently using fractions, decimals and percentages – necessary for the Cert III in Mobile Plant Technology he is studying.

John Pfeiler-Male, Michelle Rose and Scott Spurling also gave highly presentations as part of the Cert IV in Conservation and Land Management in December.