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Date:September 16, 2014

40th Celebration Dinner in the heart of Australia

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Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education present and former students, staff and key partners from industry, community and government celebrated 40 years of delivering quality research, education and training in the Northern Territory. The Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration dinner was held at Desert Peoples Centre (DPC) Campus. Alice Springs, Northern Territory on 4 September. Special guests included the Northern Territory Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Honourable John Wessel Elferink MLA.

The Celebration Dinner was part of the Institute 40th Anniversary events – celebrating present and former students and staff and the achievements of the Institute. Over 100 guests enjoyed a mouth-watering BBQ dinner under the beautiful sky in the heart of Australia. Entertainment was provided by nationally acclaimed artist and the Institute former Music Lecturer Jeanette Wormald and cellist Kellie List, and a reading of creative writing by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) Diploma of Creative and Indigenous Writing (DCIW) student Brett Manton from Eden New South Wales and Lecturer Yvette Holt.

Head of DPC Campus Mike Crowe was the Master of Ceremonies. Brief speeches by Batchelor Institute Chair of Council Professor Markham Rose, Director Adrian Mitchell and Indigenous staff representative and Council representative, Evelyn Schaber were held during the dinner.