Five from the top end will go even further

23 Jun 2015

They may be from a handful of Australia’s most remote locales, but some of the Northern Territory’s greatest innovators are going to be venturing across the world.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust are pleased to announce today that five of the recipients of the prestigious 2015 Churchill Fellowships call the Northern Territory home.

They are part of group of 109 Australian men and women who will pursue research overseas before returning home with insights to enhance our communities.

More than 4000 Australians have received this Fellowship in the 50 years of the Trust, and these 2015 Fellows will become part of Sir Winston Churchill’s living legacy.

The Churchill Trust was established 50 years ago, immediately after Sir Winston Churchill’s death on 24 January 1965.

The Fellows are all well positioned in their fields to make a real difference to Australia, and the Trust grants a unique opportunity to help them gain unfettered access to world-experts in areas that still need development here at home.

“The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers warm congratulations to this year’s recipients for their achievements so far, and wait in anticipation for their work to come,” said CEO of the Trust, Paul Tys.

“We encourage people from every branch of research and expertise to travel abroad in order to gain insight into best practice, and to access all the latest and greatest advancements and innovations.

“Each of the 2015 Fellows possess incredible talent and passion, and they all have a defined purpose: to benefit their communities, and the wider Australian community.

“During the 50 years the Fellowships have been awarded, we have seen remarkable ability and innovation, and 2015 is no exception – the quality of this year’s Fellows is outstanding.

“The work of the Northern Territory Fellows exemplifies the emphasis placed on community in the Churchill Fellowship – all five projects are centred on the benefits they could bring to society.”

The five innovative projects from the Northern Territory are:

  • Research training and preparation techniques for high-level competition in rodeo events
  • Understanding effective ways to use early childhood data to benefit Indigenous communities
  • Researching models of commercial culinary training enterprises for disadvantaged people
  • Investigating emergency service volunteer community engagement to build resilience
  • Researching Austronesian culture to inform Indigenous music recordings and cultural protocols

The Fellowships are valued at an average of $25,000 each and will see the Fellows travel to the far edges of the globe in search of excellence.

The full list of NT recipients is included below.

Mr Timothy Cole – ALICE SPRINGS
To research Austronesian culture to inform Indigenous music recordings and cultural protocols – Madagascar, Guam, Taiwan, USA, New Zealand

Mrs Rikki Garstone – HUMPTY DOO
To research training and preparation techniques for high-level competition in rodeo timed events – USA, Canada

Ms Jennifer Lorains – LARRAKEYH
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to understand effective ways to use early childhood data with Indigenous communities – Canada, USA, UK

Mr David Taylor – COCONUT GROVE
To research models of commercial culinary training/social enterprises for disadvantaged people – Singapore, USA

Mr Andrew Warton – PARAP
The Australian Institute of Management Churchill Fellowship to investigate emergency service volunteer community engagement to build community resilience – USA, Japan, New Zealand


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