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Ships Ahoy: Scholarships, partnerships, leadership, relationships

Imagine working among white sandy beaches, under a beautiful blue sky and surrounded by the crystal clear Indian Ocean!

Well this is now the reality for six Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) students, completing a conservation and land management qualification.

Scholarships were available to students nation-wide, to work hands-on in the field with industry qualified lecturers on the amazing Abrolhos Islands, 60km off the WA coast.

Left to right: Heather Bentink, Jarna Kendle, Corin Desmond, Alice James, Cameron Perrett, Michelle Wenderling, and Kaitlin Howkins, all recipients of scholarships.
Left to right: Heather Bentink, Jarna Kendle, Corin Desmond, Alice James (lecturer), Cameron Perrett, Michelle Wenderling, and Kaitlin Howkins, recipients of scholarships.

Students will complete Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (CALM), while also working on the Abrolhos Island Restoration Project.

The scholarships will enable students to develop skills in conservation and land management, while working on real-world biodiversity conservation projects, guided by highly trained professionals.

The skills gained are broadly transferable to a variety of industries – from agriculture, fishing and mining, to tourism and rehabilitation.

So far there have been 13 scholarships awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding environmental commitment and who we believe have leadership potential in the conservation and land management field,” Durack Institute of Technology Lecturer, Conservation and Land Management, Alice James said.

“While studying at the BCMI, students have the opportunity to undertake hands on training throughout the region with a key focus on the Abrolhos islands, while working with key industry partners.”

Successful recipient Kaitlin Howkins said she was excited to launch her career in conservation and land management, and it was all thanks to this scholarship program.

“I applied for the scholarship as I have not seen such a perfect training opportunity to gain the career that I want – I was over the moon when I learnt that I had received the scholarship!” Ms Howkins said.

“I wouldn’t have been able to afford to move up to Geraldton and study without this assistance. It has given me the opportunity to study what I am passionate about, with my goal to gain a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management, and to be able to teach young people ways that they can conserve the environment and make Australia a more sustainable place.

“So far I have been loving every part of my training and I am looking forward to animal monitoring at the Abrolhos this month.”

The scholarships are supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, in partnership with Durack Institute of Technology, through funding from the Australian Government.

List of successful CALM Abrolhos Island scholarships recipients to date:

Semester One 2015:

  • Corin Desmond (Certificate IV)
  • Jarna Kendle (Certificate IV)
  • Margaret Tyler (Certificate III)

Semester Two 2015:

  • Corin Desmond (Diploma)
  • Jarna Kendle (Diploma)
  • Margaret Tyler (Certificate IV)
  • Heather Bentink (Certificate (III)

Semester One 2016:

  • Corin Desmond (Diploma)
  • Jarna Kendle (Diploma)
  • Heather Bentink (Certificate IV)
  • Cameron Perrett (Certificate III)
  • Michelle Wenderling (Certificate III)
  • Kaitlin Howkins (Certificate II)



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