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CQUni Mackay students get a bursary boost from their local Council

Published:16 August 2019

Council Academic Bursary recipients with their awards presented by Mayor Greg Williamson: (from left) Jackson Lamb, Brodie French, Mayor Greg Williamson, Hunter Aitchison and Taitianna McGrath (absent Brandyn Britton).

Mackay Regional Council is encouraging CQUni students to join the local region workforce after graduation, to help ease the emerging skills shortage.

The Council's latest initiative has been the presentation of five Academic Bursaries to students from CQUniversity Mackay.

This is the seventh year of council’s Academic Bursary program. The $5000 bursaries assist students, with each receiving biannual instalments of $1250 for their final two years of study.

There is also the opportunity for 12 weeks of paid work experience with council.

Mayor Greg Williamson said all the bursary students were worthy recipients, with each achieving highly at university and in general.

One of the bursary recipients, Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business student Taitianna McGrath understands the importance of giving back to her community.

She is involved in volunteering initiatives stemming from the exposure she’s had to the struggles of living in a developing nation – her mother’s home, the Solomon Islands.

Taitianna was a mentee in the 2018 CQUni Engage Mentor Program and was partnered with Dr Nicole Davis, Mackay Regional Council's chief operating officer for water and waste, as her mentor.

Recipient Hunter Aitchison is studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Management and Human Resource Management. Hunter completed a STEPS course to enter university after one-and-a-half years of full-time work at his family's business.He is looking forward to a career where he can contribute to the Mackay community and economy.

Recipient Brandyn Britton is studying a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Application Development. He aspires to become a software engineer, specialising in creating information systems for companies looking to expand and improve their current systems. He would like the opportunity to work for a large company and to offer his skills and services where required.

Recipient Brodie French is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree. He is pursuing a career in engineering to create a more sustainable future for the region, not only to make a cleaner and safer environment for future generations but also to provide economic growth to help Mackay meet the needs of its growing community.

Recipient Jackson Lamb is studying a Bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Interactive Media/Video and Animation. Mackay-born Jackson has grown up in the region and believes he is able to capture the hidden beauty of the region. With his degree he will be able to show it off for all to see. He will be able to use his degree to create short films or advertisements for television or the web to show off everything Mackay has to offer.