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Johnson Controls helps keep JT Academy JTBelieve participants safe

Published on 8 Mar 2021

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The Johnathan Thurston Academy recently received a generous offer from its community partner Johnson Controls to install a security system in the JTBelieve building in Yarrabah, Cairns.

The purpose-built building was officially opened in December last year in honor of much-loved Elder Aunty Fiona Patterson to provide a welcoming space for the community’s young female residents to continue their ongoing learning and reach their full potential.

ADT Security installed the customized security system which allows the JT Academy team to manage it from anywhere via their mobile phones and be alerted when it is activated or deactivated.

Johnson Controls has the world’s largest portfolio of building products, technologies, software, and services that transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. Through a full range of systems and digital solutions, they make buildings smarter, safer, and more sustainable.

JT Academy managing director Johnathan Thurston said he was thankful for Johnson Controls’ extraordinary contribution to Aunty Fiona’s building.

“I’m extremely appreciative of Johnson Controls for their expertise and passion for wanting to keep our JTBelieve participants safe,” Thurston said.

“We could not continue with the work we do in supporting young people in Yarrabah to engage in their learning without the wonderful support of our community partners like Johnson Controls.

“The building provides a great opportunity to continue Aunty Fiona’s amazing work in delivering the JTBelieve program.

“She had always wanted to create a welcoming and safe place where Yarrabah’s young women could continue their learning.”

Johnson Controls senior human resources business partner for Pacific Anita Libut said Johnson Controls was thrilled to be able to support the JT Academy by providing a secure environment for learning.

“Johnson Controls believes all buildings have a purpose – whether to live, work or learn. A smarter building is a safer building,” she said.

“We are proud to continue our work with the JT Academy and see it as an important opportunity to assist Indigenous jobseekers into meaningful employment”.

“The JT Academy has established itself to collectively build inclusion by linking community and industry, and we look forward to helping build sustainable employment opportunities while fostering diversity and inclusion within our company.”

To learn more about the JTAcademy and the JTBelieve program click here.


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