Bangtail Muster a big drive for CDU 


Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Alice Springs campus was the centre of attention at the annual Alice Springs Bangtail Muster.

Joining over 84 other colourful floats, the University’s float, ‘Healthy Minds’, was packed with children, lecturers and staff handing out quizzes to the crowd and celebrating education through the main thoroughfare of Alice Springs.

Organised by CDU child care lecturers Heather Wilson and Sharon Spencer with the assistance of many other staff, the float was considered a great success.

The Bangtail Muster is recognised as the beginning of the tourism season in Alice Springs. It was originally an event held in the pioneering days of the town when stockmen would cut the tails off cattle to record the number mustered.

Dianne Underwood, campus administrator, Alice Springs, said the fun theme provided an important message to the general public.

‘With the music, balloons, kids blowing bubbles and adults clearly having fun, it shows the community that we enjoy being part of local events, she said, ‘at the same time we're pushing the important message of education.’