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."