Musical fund-raiser proves a big success 


Last weekend’s Casuarina Campus concert to raise funds for an Indonesian Garden turned out to be an artistic and financial success for CDU’s music school.

A total of $2500 was raised to help build the garden, which will transform the wasteland behind the music school into a lush tropical garden, complete with Indonesian plants and trees and a wooden pendopo or pavilion.

Organiser Rebecca Harris said the Indonesian-themed concert with dancing and food attracted a sizable crowd, which enjoyed the cultural experience and the wide range of music from staff and students.

“It was a fantastic concert that showed what we can offer in Darwin,” said Ms Harris.

“There were many people from the Indonesian community contributing to the evening, including some visitors from Indonesia.”

The ties with Indonesia will be further strengthened in January next year when the University plays host to a three-week conference and training session for Australian teachers of Indonesian.

The Endeavour Language Teachers Fellowship conference will provide intensive language-training and cultural experiences for about 40 teachers and facilitators.

CDU’s Indonesian garden centre-piece pendopo is now under construction by craftsmen in Sulawesi. It is expected to be shipped to Darwin in January.