Open your eyes to our environment

Scholarship recipient Cameron Perrett.

In modern day Portuguese, “Abro olhos” translates to open eyes — the words of warning that Frederik de Houtman and his crew of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC – United Dutch East India Company) ship Dordrecht gave navigators after they encountered the collection of islands and reefs off the Western Australian coast in June 1619.

This semester five more people have been given the opportunity for open eyes learning at the Houtman Abrolhos islands thanks to NACC and Central Regional TAFE’s Conservation and Land Management (CALM) Scholarship program.

  • Margaret Tyler (Diploma of Conservation and Land Management)
  • Cameron Perrett (Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management)
  • Mitchell McDonnell (Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management)
  • Sarah Brandtman (Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management)
  • Kimberly Barndon (Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management)

The scholarships are available for students nation-wide and provides invaluable work experience on the Abrolhos Islands Restoration Project with industry qualified lecturers.

The scholarships aid in the completion of Certificate’s II, III, IV and Diploma of CALM and provide skills broadly transferable to a variety of industries – from agriculture, fishing and mining, to tourism and rehabilitation.

Scholarship recipient Cameron Perrett said receiving the scholarship has given him the belief that he can achieve his goals.



The next round of scholarships will open in October.

If you would like to find out more about study options or applying for the next round of scholarships, please contact the BCMI on (08) 9956 6175.

This project is supported by the NACC and Central Regional TAFE, through funding from the Australian Government.

Media contact: Alice James, Batavia Coast Maritime Institute, (08) 9956 6175.

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