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A CROWD of about 20 lo-
cals rushed to the airport
on Tuesday afternoon when
word got out that a large
military cargo plane was
heading our way.
Local military enthusiast Chris
Rothery, was coming into town
from the south when he spotted
the monster plane in the rear vi-
“I was trying to get to the airport
to see it land when it loomed large
in the mirror,” said Chris.
“As I got out to capture it with
the camera, it had passed over
“It would have made a great
shot as it was flying low, tracking
above the highway.”
The C-130J’s cargo compart-
ment is approximately 12.5 me-
tres long and three metres high
and wide with loading from the
rear of the fuselage.
It can fly at 28,000 feet with
a payload of just under 20,000
The aircraft was expected to
land for a short 20-minute break
but was running two hours behind
So it did two touchdowns, take-
off laps of the airport before
ascending and heading to Tindal
Air Base near Katherine.
photo by IAN SlADE.
Cargo plane a large highlight in the sky
A lEADING global resources com-
pany has committed to help Indige-
nous students achieve better results
in maths and science at schools and
BHP Billiton’s plan will target students in
regional and remote areas such as the Barkly.
As the Commonwealth Scientific and Indus-
trial Research Organisation (CSIRO) stares
down a $111 million Commonwealth Gov-
ernment funding cut over the next four years,
BHP Billiton, through its independent charity
foundation, has put nearly $30 million on the
table to help bridge the disparity between
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
and their non-Indigenous peers achievements
in science and mathematics.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aus-
tralians are significantly under-represented in
higher education, comprising only 1.4 per cent
of student enrolments at university in 2010.
This is even more pronounced in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) courses and in applied science
CSIRO will manage and implement the pro-
gram over five years, targeting metropolitan,
regional and remote schools across Australia
with high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is-
Support will be provided from primary
through to secondary school curriculums,
summer schools and mentoring for high-
achieving year 10 students, excellence awards
and a tailored Bachelor of Science Degree
course at the University of Melbourne.
BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer,
Andrew Mackenzie, said the program would
build on BHP Billiton’s 33 year partnership
with CSIRO through its contribution to the
Science and Engineering Awards.
“We hope the program encourages more
Aboriginal students to consider a rewarding
career in the STEM disciplines, which will
go some way to further closing the gap and
recognising the important contribution Ab-
original Australians make to the economy,”
Mr Mackenzie said.
“This latest long-term partnership com-
mitment between CSIRO and BHP Billiton
demonstrates the company’s commitment to
provide opportunities that support Aboriginal
people with education, training, employment
and business development.”
BHP Billiton is an Anglo-Australian mul-
tinational mining, metals and petroleum
company based in Melbourne.
The company was created in 2001 through
the merger of the Australian Broken Hill
Proprietary Company Limited (BHP) and
the Anglo–Dutch Billiton and is the world’s
largest mining company measured by 2013
Stemming the tide of
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