In early November, Northern Territory Manager David Sidie was one of a dozen representatives who travelled to Timor-Leste as part of an Engineers Australia delegation. The prospect of future relationships with this beautiful country and its people was both humbling and inspiring.
The Northern Territory Government has undertaken an entirely new meaning of engagement within the community, particularly with its investment and active involvement in the local Senai NT English Language school. Curriculum at the school includes daily communication over laptop with students at campuses in Darwin, as well as sharing between Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Timorese students in similar format.
This newly independent country is thriving, with a generation of bright leaders and decision makers aspiring to lead the country into new industries - not just oil and gas, but also tourism and agriculture.
It is our belief that we as Northern Territory residents, Western Australian residents, and the development community as a whole, can play a role in supporting this country we share borders with. We can have a significant positive impact in supporting education, partnerships and cross-border relations. We are looking forward to the journey and proud to have been a part of this Engineers Australia initiative.
Picture: David Sidie (in blue), along with other Engineers Australia delegation representatives from LendLease, GHD, Aurecon, BMD, Lucid Consulting, Site Global, CDU and NTG, at the Senai NT English Language School answering questions about the industry.