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The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) will officially launch their new specialised training facility in Alice Springs on Friday 10 August.
The facility will be named after respected and long term Central Australian pastoralist and inaugural NTCA President, Mr Grant Heaslip.
Chris Nott, President of the NT Cattlemen’s Association, said:
‘NTCA Life Member Grant Heaslip has been an active participant in the NTCA since it’s inception and is an absolute stalwart of the industry, we are very pleased to have an opportunity to recognise his contribution to the NTCA and the Central Australian pastoral industry by naming this facility after him.
‘This unique facility includes accommodation for up to 28 people and will help to address training gaps in local workforces; the NTCA hopes to see an increase in skilled workers in the region as a result.
In Central Australia there is a real need for a facility that caters to industry-specific practical, educational and training requirements, with the important inclusion of on-site accommodation. Having access to such a facility that is easily accessible and well-equipped will make the region more attractive to those looking to further their career and training.’
The construction of the facility comes as a result of co-funding from the NTCA, and the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. The equipment for the training/meeting room itself is being partly funded by the NTG Community Benefit Fund.
The facility is open to local stakeholders and other local businesses and will also be used by the NTCA itself to train the Indigenous students involved in the ILC-funded Pastoral Real Jobs Program (RJP) and the Indonesian students who are part of the NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program (NIAPP). The first official training group to utilise the facility will be a new round of RJP trainees, who arrived at the facility on the 6th of August and will be in attendance at the launch.
The launch will take place at the facility at 10:30am, which is located at the NTCA’s Bohning Yards on the outskirts of Alice Springs with NTCA members and VIPs in attendance.
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For further information on the NTCA Grant Heaslip Training Facility