Oakey students grow trees for New Acland rehabilitation

3 June 2014

A partnership between Oakey State High School and the New Acland Coal Mine is helping agriculture students grow their skills.

As part of the mine’s ongoing land rehabilitation program, Oakey State High School agriculture students are propagating seedlings of native trees which will be planted at the New Acland Coal Mine later this year.

Oakey State High School teacher Debbie Goudie said the partnership would benefit both the students and the mine.

“Partnering with the mine has given a valuable new focus to the school’s plant propagation program, which was already operating successfully,” she said.

“Now the students are doing something practical for the community and their skills are being put to good use.

“We live in the community and it’s in our best interest to help the mine put things back as they were.”

Ms Goudie said the students had been able to identify which trees were native to the area by speaking to local experts and sourcing some of the seeds at a local creek.

“We have been asked by the mine to provide 2000 trees which include a combination of callistemon, eucalypt and sheoak,” she said.

New Hope’s Executive General Manager of Mining Jim Randell said he was looking forward to a productive partnership with the Oakey State High School agriculture program.

“Our aim at New Acland is to ensure that mined land is returned to productive agricultural uses as well as conservation areas,” he said.

“We are very excited to be working with the agriculture students at Oakey State High School on this project and it will be great to see their hard work pay off when the trees are planted later this year.”