Land a boost for Gin Gin ag students
Council gives green light to school usage
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.
“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.”