Snake slips CDU into focus at rural show 


Imagine being greeted by a black-headed python, long-neck turtle and water snails as you find out more about further study.

The reptiles were a winning drawcard at the recent Fred Pass Rural Show which promoted Charles Darwin University’s Conservation and Land Management (CLM) subjects based at the Palmerston campus.

More than 200 exhibitors and 30,000 people attend the three-day event.

It showcased a diverse range of industries across land and environment, agriculture, horticulture, defence, education training, mining and other industries, and provided a valuable opportunity for community groups to hold their annual fundraising.

The booth resulted in solid enquiries in CLM courses at the Palmerston and Casuarina campuses and helped promote the university's presence in the community.

CDU staff operated the booth which included Palmerston campus administrator Aretha Amos, Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Cadet Delean Holtze and CLM VET Lecturers Allison Borgelt, Andrew Spiers, Audrey Tate and Chris Spurr, and CLM technical officer Janine Inggs.

Ms Amos said the display was successful because it engaged the broad community attending the event which included members of parliament and visiting CDU staff and students.

“We found that people were receptive to the CDU team and we enjoyed engaging with everyone who now knows more about the exciting courses we offer,” she said.

CDU’s next presentation will be at the World Environment Day Expo on June 1 at the Darwin Museum.