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The BSN or Bush Schools Network was an Australian Government funded Project with a grant of 12 million dollars. The aim was to provide each of 90 Catholic and Independent Schools, in Regional and Remote areas of Western Australia, with upgradable/Manageable/Sustainable Information Communication Technology Environmens.
A key aspect of the BSN for very remote schools was setting up a computer network with adequate internet reception for networked devices.

As I was familiar with the ICT setup at nearly all the Kimberley Catholic Schools, I was invited to be part of a BSN fly-around to audit all the involved Kimberley Schools in October 2007. The leader was the Project Manager, Brad Ford, supported by Steve Horton, Manager and Director of Cablenet Electrical Services.3 people beside plane

.Itinerary, Bush Schools Audit.
Travel by Cessna

Note: ** indicates the Catholic Schools (I was familiar with the arrangements at these)
St Mary's College Broome was audited before or after the fly-around.

Thursday 25-Oct 7.00am 7.44am Travel to Camballin-Looma Airstrip
Thursday 25-Oct Nyikina Managala Community School Mt Anderson Station
Thursday 25-Oct 11.00am 11.20am Travel to Noonkanbah Airstrip
Thursday 25-Oct Kulkarriya Community School Nookenbah Station
Thursday 25-Oct 3.00pm Travel to Fitzroy Crossing

Friday 26-Oct 7.00am 7.20am Travel to Millijidee Airstrip
Friday 26-Oct Wulungarra Community School Kadjina
Friday 26-Oct 10.30am 10.45am Travel to Yakanarra Airstrip
Friday 26-Oct Yakanarra Community School Yakanarra Community
Friday 26-Oct 2.00pm 2.30pm Travel to Fitzroy Crossing

Saturday 27-Oct 7.00am 7.30am Travel to Louisa Downs Airstrip
Saturday 27-Oct Yiyilli Community School
Saturday 27-Oct 10.40am 11.20am Travel to Mulan Airstrip
Saturday 27-Oct John Pujajangka-Piyirn School**
Saturday 27-Oct 2.30pm 3.20pm Travel to Halls Creek
Saturday 27-Oct Warlawurru Catholic School Red Hill**

Sunday 28-Oct 7.00am 7.45am Travel to Balgo Airstrip
Sunday 28-Oct Luurnpa Catholic School Balgo Hills**
Sunday 28-Oct 10.00am 10.15am Travel to Bililuna Airstrip
Sunday 28-Oct Kururrungku Catholic Education Centre Billiluna**
Sunday 28-Oct 1.30pm 2.00pm Travel to Ringer Soak Airstrip
Sunday 28-Oct Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School Ringer Soak**
Sunday 28-Oct 4.30pm 5.00pm Travel to Halls Creek

Monday 29-Oct 7.00am 7.30am Travel to Warmun Airstrip
Monday 29-Oct Ngalangangpum School Warmun**
Monday 29-Oct Purnululu School Wurreranginy
Monday 29-Oct 2.00pm Travel to Wyndham Airstrip
Monday 29-Oct St Joseph's School Wyndham**

Tuesday 30-Oct 7.00am 7.30am Travel to Kununurra Airstrip
Tuesday 30-Oct St Joseph's School Kununurra**
Tuesday 30-Oct 12.00am 1.00pm Travel to Gibb River Airstrip
Tuesday 30-Oct Wanalarri Catholic School Gibb River**
Tuesday 30-Oct 3.30pm 4.45pm Travel to Derby Airstrip

Wednesday 31-Oct 8.00am 11.00am Holy Rosary School Derby**
Wednesday 31-Oct 11.00am 11.30am Travel to Lombadina Airstrip
Wednesday 31-Oct Lombadina Catholic School Djarindjin-Lombadina**
Wednesday 31-Oct 2.00pm 2.15pm Travel to Beagle Bay Airstrip
Wednesday 31-Oct Sacred Heart School Beagle Bay**
Wednesday 31-Oct 4.45pm 5.15pm Travel to Broome




A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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