Laos has been in turmoil for more than two decades and the people are the poorest in Asia, but practical help for the people is being provided by the Australian Government.
GV & CU Australian Embassy & flag (3 shots)
GV PAN Campus
GV SV & CU Australian teacher David Jermyn lecturing students (5 shots)
GV, MV & CU Students into vehicle & away (4 shots)
MV, SV Laotian interpreter explains spirit-level to student (3 shots)
GV, SV Students learning surveying (3 shots)
GV, SV Students spraying seeds (3 shots)
MV, CU Students planting trees (2 shots)
SCU, CU Students plant trees (2 shots)
GV Students spraying pest-control
MV Students measuring gum trees (3 shots)
SV, GV Australian teacher showing (3 shots)
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Background: Laos has been in turmoil for more than two decades and the people are the poorest in Asia, but practical help for the people is being provided by the Australian Government.
Under the Australian Colombo Plan Technical Assistance project, GBP 83,000 sterling (200,000 US dollars have been provided for buildings and equipment for the Dong Dok Forest Training Centre in Vientiane. Classes in general forestry began last month for 20 students.
Since 1959 Australia has provided GBP 83,000 sterling(200,000 US dollars) a year for a forest planting project which has sixty trial plantation sites all over Laos. The project will continue until 1975. Some of the forestry trainees are sent to Australia for further training.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian Embassy is not Australia's only representation in Laos....Australian money and experts are helping with the development of a country torn by years of turmoil.
In the suburbs of Vientiane 83 thousand pounds sterling provided by Australia has equipped the Dong Dok Forest Training Centre. Mr. David jermyn from Queensland is principal of the centre and gives lectures to some of his 20 Laotian students.
Classes at the centre began last month. The students come from the Water and Forest Departments of each provincial government. After twelve months in-service training they return to their posts. The emphasis is on practical instruction.
Among the very practical forestry skills the new students have to learn is surveying and using a spiritlevel.
The Dong Dok centre is hot the only Australian forestry aid to Laos. Since 1969 the Australians have been giving 83 thousand pounds sterling a year for a tree-planting project which will continue until 1975. Young trees are grown in nurseries and on trial plantation sites. The project operates about sixty of the plantation sites all over Laos. Three forestry specialists are involved.
Some of the forestry students will be sent to Australia for further specialist training under the project.
A close watch is kept on the progress of little eucalyptus trees...Red Gams, native to Australia. The Australian money and knowledge for improving forestry in Laos is a practical, long-term contribution to the future of a people who are at present the poorest in Asia.