Students from Swinburne University Tour
Sixteen students from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne have spent two weeks in the Fitzroy Valley helping to develop indigenous ideas into practical business plans.
Tour leader Dr Rowan Bedggood of the university’s Business and Law faculty, said the group of 10 undergraduate and six postgraduate business students worked on different and challenging projects during their time in the Valley, and were warmly received wherever they went.
One project focused on the Manjaka Arts Resource Centre which was seeking a Business Case and Risk Management Plan to support plans to expand its premises and build a new gallery.
Another group worked with the Community Resource Centre to develop a range of services that are not available elsewhere in town, while another group worked with Dillon Andrews to develop Bungoolee Tours to incorporate a broader range of tour options within a Social Enterprise structure.
The tour was financially supported by MWW which also targeted suitable projects for students to work on.
“Without this support, the study tour would not have occurred and would not have achieved the range of successes that it did,” said Dr Bedggood.
“Everyone on the tour fell in love with Fitzroy Crossing, or more specifically, the local people, who were friendly and generous with their time and providing explanations.
“Upon returning home, students have revealed how much they miss the place, but are devoting their time now to completing worthwhile business plans.”
Students will prepare presentations which will be videoed and sent to MWW for sharing with each client, along with the specific business plans.