Re­mote elec­tri­cians’ hard work recog­nised

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Four bright sparks from re­mote Kim­ber­ley com­mu­ni­ties have amped up their fu­tures af­ter be­com­ing the first re­cip­i­ents of a new na­tional ap­pren­tice­ship cre­ated by Hori­zon Power.

Bidyadanga’s Keith Hunter, Clin­ton “Minty” Sa­hanna of the Dampier Penin­sula, Robert Has­sett from Kalum­buru and Yungn­gora’s Bren­dan Wal­ters grad­u­ated at a cer­e­mony at Hori­zon Power’s Broome de­pot last month.

Re­ceiv­ing the Cer­tifi­cate III Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply In­dus­try Re­mote Com­mu­nity Util­ity Worker qual­i­fi­ca­tion marked the end of a nine-year train­ing pro­gram, whereby the four men main­tained elec­tri­cal net­works and power sta­tions in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Be­fore the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram be­gan, it could take days for these com­mu­ni­ties to be at­tended to if there was a power out­age and even longer in the wet sea­son.

Hori­zon Power man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Frank Tu­dor said the qual­i­fi­ca­tion was unique to WA and he was proud of the first grad­u­ates for achiev­ing their sig­nif­i­cant goals.

“The four re­mote com­mu­nity util­i­ties work­ers were the pioneers of this work,” he said.

“(They) were ac­tu­ally in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the train­ing to en­sure it met the unique needs of re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and safety re­quire­ments, given the re­quire­ment to work alone.”

Grad­u­ate Mr Sa­hanna said he was proud to be recog­nised. “(The trade cer­tifi­cate) ben­e­fits indige­nous peo­ple who live in their com­mu­nity to have a sense of pride and achieve­ment,” he said.

“It’s great that the team and I are recog­nised for the time and ef­fort we all put in with a na­tion­ally reg­is­tered qual­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Min­is­ter for En­ergy Ben Wy­att con­grat­u­lated the four men and Hori­zon Power for this mile­stone.

“It has been a long jour­ney for the men who grad­u­ated to­day and I wish them the very best of suc­cess in their fu­ture roles,” he said.

“The staff at Hori­zon Power should also be con­grat­u­lated for cre­at­ing this ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

“I hope it pro­duces grad­u­ates for many years to come.”

Bren­dan Wal­ters, Keith Hunter, pro­gram founder Shane Ee­les, Robert Has­sett and Clin­ton "Minty" Sa­hanna at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Hori­zon Power's Broome de­pot.

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