RURAL READINESS: AgForce General President Ian Burnett, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman, Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley and Rockhampton Grammar School Headmaster Phillip Moulds with Rockhampton Grammar School students at the launch of the Belmont Agriculture Education Alliance. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
RURAL READINESS: AgForce General President Ian Burnett, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman, Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley and Rockhampton Grammar School Headmaster Phillip Moulds with Rockhampton Grammar School students at the launch of the Belmont Agriculture Education Alliance. Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

Rural education hub to be created at Mt Etna

ROCKHAMPTON may be known as the Beef Capital of Australia, but it may also soon be known as the centre for education in agriculture.

Yesterday the Belmont Agriculture Education Alliance was officially launched, which involves a partnership between AgForce, CQUniversity and Rockhampton Grammar School.

The alliance will create a rural educational hub using the practical resources at Belmont Station, the former CSIRO research facility at Etna Creek.

The alliance will benefit all levels of education, from high school students working towards a certificate through to university students studying for a PhD.

This aims to foster a agricultural career pathway and learning experience for students with practical facilities, including land and stock handling infrastructure, also available for research.

Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley was on hand to help launch the alliance, and said spoke about the importance of encouraging youth back into the paddock.

"Too many Queensland young people see it as a conservative, highly traditional occupation with limited prospects… the Belmont Agriculture Alliance is cleverly designed to address this," she said.

"It adds substance to the options available to young Queenslanders, and maybe one day other states, to make significant contributions to the agricultural industry.

"There is a number and variety of desirable career paths the industry offers."



‘Very scared’: The phone call every parent dreads

Premium Content ‘Very scared’: The phone call every parent dreads

Family of Yeppoon Rd crash victim speaks out: Their agonising wait to learn if teen...

Candidate puts forward bold Rocky creek rehabilitation plan

Premium Content Candidate puts forward bold Rocky creek rehabilitation plan

Katter's Australian Party candidate for Rockhampton Christian Shepherd has...

Repeat DV offender admits to alcohol problem

Premium Content Repeat DV offender admits to alcohol problem

A man who admitted he had a drinking problem and had a poor history of breaching...