A group of Indonesian students are currently participating in a 10-week learning schedule in the north Australian cattle industry where they are studying animal husbandry. The program covers intensive pastoral industry training including animal welfare and handling and experiential learning through placements at selected corporate and family-run cattle stations across northern Australia.
|ACIAR staff Rodd Dyer and Rebecca McBride with Deti Inayutun at Parliament House|
Dreams do come true! I am on the plane heading back to Darwin after meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra.
|Motorbike training |
(image courtesy of NTCA)
This trip started when 16 students, including me, were selected for the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association Indonesia—Australia Pastoral Industry Student Program.
We had been training at the Charles Darwin University rural campus in Katherine. Our training was about cattle handling, staying safe in the work place, first aid, and riding horses, quad bikes and motorbikes. After our training we spend six weeks living and working on a cattle station in the Northern Territory.
One day during training, the program coordinators told us that three students would be chosen to travel to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister! I so hoped and wished I would be one of those lucky students. And then it happened! Me, and my friends Yogi and Yudhis were the lucky ones!
|Animal husbandry training|
(image courtesy of NTCA)
The day finally came. We arrived at Parliament House. It’s amazing. I don’t want to close my eyes because I don’t want loose this amazing moment. I felt like me and my two friends Yogi and Yudhis are also important people, like some of the people we met there.
First, we were interviewed by ABC Radio Australia. I really felt like an actress! Then, we had a meeting with staff from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Department of Regional Australia (DRA), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ACIAR and DRA have given a lot of support and funding for the student program, and I am so glad to meet such friendly people.
|Students and mentor (Stockman Alward Foster) |
meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard
We are in her private sitting room. I felt so nervous, but also so happy and still not quite believing it’s all happening when she greets us and holds our hands. She’s really beautiful; she is also really humble and friendly as well. I just can’t describe with words what I felt that day.
Even though it was only a short time, it was the best experience in my whole life.
We talked about the student program, and about what we (the 16 students) have been doing in our two weeks of training. She looks very excited and is supportive of us as well. Then, we take a lot of photos together. I will print those pictures and put them in every corner of my house.
|(L-R) Alward, Deti, Yudhis and Yogi with (centre) PM Julia Gillard|
I’m too shy to say these words directly, but I really want to say thank you so much for everything our supporters have done for us. I am so glad and grateful for the student program.
(Extracted from a story by Deti Inayutan)
Editor: Incidentally, the Prime Minister also had the opportunity to witness a 'whip cracking' demonstration by the students' mentor. Deti is standing to the right of Julia Gillard in this video (courtesy of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association).
The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association acknowledges and is grateful for the support and funding from ACIAR, DRA (Office of Northern Australia), Meat and Livestock Australia and the Northern Territory Government to run the 2013 Indonesia Australia Pastoral Industry Student Program.