Grant to provide real employment opportunities for communities 


Social Work student, Devina Deeble has recently completed a grant application aimed at providing real employment opportunities for people from Kulaluk and Minarama (Bagot) community.

Her grant application, one of the assessments of the Bachelor of Social Work and Humanitarian Studies unit ‘Working with and Developing Communities’, is seeking funds to revegetate the ponds at the Mudla Crab Farm which provides employment for both the Minarama and Kulaluk communities.

Mudla Crab Farm Project Manager, Bob Rose and President of the Gwalwa Daraniki Enterprises, Helen Secretary said they were thrilled with the level and quality of Devina’s work.

“We were that impressed by the quality of Devina’s application that we are submitting it as an operational grant to government under the auspice of Mudla Crab Farm with a covering letter acknowledging and thanking Charles Darwin University’s input,” Mr Rose said.

Lecturer in Social Work and Humanitarian Studies, Dan Baschiera said the project provided a real and tangible link between learning and active community engagement.

“This is real community engagement where a student's work stands to generate a benefit for a Darwin community group,” he said.

“As both degrees (Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies) increase in numbers, we will see a lot more students actively engaged in combining their assessment with this type of actual community benefit.”

Devina’s project is also linked to the CDU Students in Free Enterprise competition and is positioned for entry in 2009.