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Chelsea Cooke - Winner

AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Chelsea Cooke’s commitment to her conservation and land management training was so profound, she received employment just days after completing her course.

A Conservation Officer, Chelsea credits her Holmesglen course for rekindling her strong cultural heritage.
Chelsea moved from Alice Springs to Geelong, before discovering a Holmesglen conservation and land management course, which gave her the skills to respect and care for land.

She is also a proud Cultural Heritage Representative with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and previously featured on a National Indigenous television (NITV) program.

Chelsea looks forward to continuing to educate people on First Nations history and culture.

Indigenous Student of the Year Award

Watch the video and hear from our finalists.


Lachlan-Vernal-test-(1).jpgBrittany Kirkman - Finalist

Bachelor of Nursing
Brittany Kirkman is ready to lend her passions to Australia’s healthcare system and make a positive impact as a Registered Nurse.

During clinical placement, practical training in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities and online learning, Brittany’s commitment to the Bachelor of Nursing never wavered.

She has been described as a positive role model, who consistently achieved a high standard and supported others during her course.

“Brittany has learnt a lot and thrived through her academic journey. She has made the most of the learning opportunities provided,” says nursing lecturer Nick Demaio.



Renee Sweetman - Finalist

AHC31416 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
Motivated by a traineeship with Westernport Water, Renee Sweetman came to Holmesglen to gain a formal qualification that makes a difference in conservation and land management.

As a proud Bunurong woman, Renee says a career in conservation is her way of fulfilling a responsibility to care for Country.
She has put these skills and passions to use as a volunteer with Trust for Nature and looks forward to starting her own business, working in water testing in remote areas of Australia.

Renee credits Holmesglen for the knowledge, friendships and industry connections she received and is proud to represent Indigenous students in this awards category.


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