Luke Gosling – Key to Recovery

Written by on 11/05/2020


It’s been awesome to see Territorians coming together during what has been a challenging time for all. It’s often said that you see one’s true character during difficult times, and the Territory spirit has shone over the last weeks. Neighbours looking out for neighbours, people quietly checking in on those who might need a hand – it says a lot about what Darwin and the Territory are all about. If you choose to make this place your home and give to the Territory, it gives back to you.

Just one example is our international students, many of whom were left unsure where to turn when they lost their casual and part-time jobs as a result of the virus. With no support from the Federal Government and few flights leaving the country, many were left wondering if they’d have food on the table and a roof over their heads. The community rallied immediately, with meals cooked and even delivered in some cases, for all who needed them.

The Northern Territory Government announced the Worker and Wellbeing Fund, to help Territorians ineligible for Federal support and needing assistance with accommodation and other essentials. Charles Darwin University launched the Emergency Student Appeal for their students suffering financial hardship.

This warmth, welcome and support is no doubt a big part of why international student applications are looking good for Charles Darwin University into the future. At a time when universities around Australia are facing huge losses, due to a downturn in international student enrolments, Charles Darwin University has recorded an increase in international students accepting study offers compared to last year. This is to Darwin’s credit but also to CDU’s credit for all the hard work they’ve put in.

With the support of every level of Government, CDU is moving ahead with a city campus, which will give our CBD an economic boost. The first wave will be in the construction phase, which can begin soon. Once it’s completed, up to 5,000 international students will live on campus or rent units in town. This will mean many more meals sold, haircuts and schooners at the pub as well as visiting relatives and friends. Having students in the city will be great but there will also be opportunities that open up at the Casuarina Campus as space becomes available.

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