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Igniting a Passion for Careers in Primary Industry

Primary industries are a major contributor to the Territory economy and today a group of Year 10 students learnt about the exciting job opportunities available in the industry on a visit to Berrimah Farm and the Darwin Aquaculture Centre at Channel Island.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the trip by Centralian Senior College students saw them tour Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) facilities, and gain a better understanding of possible Territory career paths.

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in job creation across the Territory and by inspiring the Territory’s brightest minds to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) they will likely consider a future career in primary industry and resources,” Mr Vowles said. “It’s been predicted 75 per cent of all jobs will require STEM skills over the next decade.

“The 21 students started with a tour of the Berrimah Farm veterinary laboratory before breaking into groups to do rice tasting, assess bananas for disease and visit a stingless bee hive. They also participated in fish and oyster dissection, live feeds, broodstock husbandry and giant clam aquaculture.

“The activities gave the students an idea of some of the exciting jobs that can come from studying STEM, such as studying livestock, fungus or bees, driving boats and protecting the Territory’s fishing industry, and growing giant clams.”

A group from Centralian Senior College visits the DPIR facilities each year. The Berrimah Farm visit coincided with National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, where events and activities are held across Australia to encourage an interest in science pursuits.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler said it was great to see partnerships between industry and government departments prepare students for jobs of the future.

“It is important to recognise that not all learning is done within the classroom; experiences like today can inspire, motivate and encourage our students into a passion or career they may undertake in the future,” she said.

“The Territory Government has a strong passion for STEM and the agricultural industry – we believe that giving our students options in these fields at an early age will create long-term benefits for the Northern Territory.”  

Media contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079