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Arnhem Land visitors in Cockatoo

  • Lt Patsy Parnell, left, treats visitors from Arnhem Land to a visit to Cockatoo Fire Station

By: Lisa Hicks

Category: Partnerships, People

  9.05 PM 17 September, 2013


Location: District 8 News

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Cockatoo Primary School has 10 indigenous children from Raminging in Arnhem Land visiting the school on an exchange program.

Some of their activities have included movies, bowling, horse riding and a visit to the zoo.  Their latest adventure was visiting the Cockatoo Fire Station.

These children see fire throughout their region but don’t see fire trucks very often. So this was a real treat.

This is the 20th anniversary of this exchange programme, which continues to run thanks to generous contributions from the community. The programme builds everlasting friendships and builds mutual understanding and respect for our Indigenous communities.

Cockatoo Brigade's Lieutenant Patsy Parnell, a local icon, provided the children with a tour of the station and told them some of the amazing history of the brigade. To top it off there is no visit without playing with the hoses and having a squirt. They all had a wonderful time and went home with a bag of goodies.

Last Updated: 19 September 2013