A Spirit of Partnership
As a provider of essential transport services, CDC Northern Territory is privileged to play a role in keeping our communities connected for work, rest, and play. We are proud to have a proactive Community Engagement program that partners with like-minded organisations to give back to the communities we serve.
We are passionate about our relationships and understand the importance of strong, vibrant communities. Each year, we engage in a variety of partnerships that focus on making a difference. We support these partners through collaborations and awareness campaigns as well as financial assistance for projects that promote diversity and social inclusion, youth empowerment and leadership, wellbeing, security, and sustainability.
We are committed to contributing towards a positive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We have built a close relationship with the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation and support them with a strong line up of projects and initiatives in the community. The Larrakia Nation Peoples have been invaluable in helping us raise cultural awareness and understandings of the local Indigenous culture within our driver and employee ranks.
Our relationships with both the Clontarf and Stars Foundations are important to us as education is a top priority for CDC Northern Territory. The Clontarf Foundation seeks to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, while the Stars Foundation supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to improve health and education outcomes. We work closely with both foundations to ensure youths understand road safety.
Safety Initiatives With the NTG
At our core we are a road transport service, so promoting safe bus travel is especially important to us, as is our partnership with the Northern Territory Government.
We work closely with the NTG on numerous initiatives, including Road Safety Week and the Respect Your Driver campaign, to drive home important road safety messages.
The Respect Your Driver campaign was launched in 2019 by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to raise awareness of appropriate behaviour when travelling on public transport and interacting with bus drivers.
The campaign personalised the stories of local drivers, reminding passengers they are just like them – they just want to do their job and go home to their families safe and happy.
Road Safety Week
One of the ways we have engaged with the community to mark the NT Road Safety Week was to run a bus safety art competition aimed at driving home the dangers of technology distractions to children and youths. We were thrilled with the level of creativity shown by students and the meaningful discussions that took place in the classroom and at home because of the competition.
Winner Isabelle Craven’s artwork, which features children waiting for a bus to drive past a set of traffic lights, as well as the words “after exiting a bus, you should stop, look, listen and think, cross the road safely when green!” can be seen on the back of one of our Palmerston buses.
Some of Our Other Work in the Community
As a major supporter of the Jabiru Bombers, we do our bit to make sure those in the region who want to play Aussie Rules can, transporting players on a 550km round trip from Darwin to NTFL for away games. The team, based in the Kakadu region, faces its own set of unique problems.
Jak” Ah Kit Golf Day
John “Jak” Ah Kit was a fierce leader and advocate for First Nations people, so it was only fitting that the NAIDOC golf day celebration, which he originally founded, is named after him.
Palmerston Fishing Club
Transporting children to the Humpty Doo Barra Farm for the Palmerston Game Fishing Club Junior Angler Education Clinic. The clinic exists to have young minds exposed to fishing awareness and education by experts they would not be able to find in a classroom.
CDC Northern Territory supported a goal to “save at least one life” when it ensured youths were able to attend a youth dance theatre production educating them about the serious consequences of drug use. No ordinary show, the Slide Youth Dance Theatre production painted a disturbing picture of how a young boy’s life took a downward spiral after he became addicted to the drug ice.
ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) had an extensive celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and promotion of reconciliation, with its state operations joining forces to promote NAIDOC Week 2021 from 4 to 11 July.
Acknowledgement of Country
CDC Northern Territory acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of this land, where we live, learn and work. We pay respect to their cultures and to their Elders, past, present, and emerging.