Land a boost for Gin Gin ag stu­dents

Coun­cil gives green light to school us­age

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By LEAH KIDD

GIN GIN State High School will soon have one of the largest agri­cul­tural farms in the re­gion af­ter Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil ap­proved its ap­pli­ca­tion to use ad­join­ing land.

The land is lo­cated within the Gin Gin Re­serve with 80ha man­aged by the coun­cil and 26ha by Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines.

While the coun­cil-man­aged land has been ap­proved the DNRM-man­aged land was still await­ing ap­proval.

Prin­ci­pal Robin Rayner said the school al­ready of­fered its stu­dents an agri­cul­ture pro­gram that en­gaged with lo­cal farms for field trips.

But Ms Rayner said the pro­gram was cur­rently limited to stu­dents at risk of leav­ing school.

“By bring­ing this ex­tra area in, we’re hop­ing we can ex­pand to more stu­dents,” Ms Rayner said.

“It will be much eas­ier to have the 70-minute les­son or 140-minute les­son (at the school).

“When you go out to a prop­erty, you ba­si­cally spend half a day out.”

Ms Rayner said a farm would al­low the school to of­fer a larger ar­ray of cer­tifi­cates and have an in­creased fo­cus on prop­erty man­age­ment and an­i­mal hus­bandry.

“I think it’s one of the great ad­van­tages of be­ing in a ru­ral area – that there’s huge value about be­ing in touch with na­ture and the land,” she said.

As the agri­cul­ture farm would be lo­cated within the Gin Gin Re­serve, Ms Rayner said the school would not be able to clear land for crop

Prin­ci­pal Robin Rayner By bring­ing this ex­tra area in, we’re hop­ing we can ex­pand to more stu­dents.

pro­duc­tion.

“And it’s mar­ginal land, it’s not high-qual­ity farm­ing land, it’s not arable land,” she said.

“So it is very much more about graz­ing and fence con­struc­tion and pest, weeds and feral an­i­mal con­trol.

“But they will also learn about look­ing af­ter an area that is a re­serve, you can’t just go out and chop trees down willy nilly.”

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