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Alex Fraser Queensland Supports Local Teens In Traditional Land Management Education

Date: 24-Nov-2015

Alex Fraser Queensland has been working with the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre (NBEEC), which is located close to the Alex Fraser Group’s Nudgee facility.

The Education Centre provides experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages, and functions mainly as a school day-excursion destination where students can have field-based learning activities relating to science curriculum and environmental education. The NBEEC also provides training to a group of year 10-11 students who are taking part in a Cert III level course in traditional land management called ‘Deadly Science: Connecting to Country’, which weds science and land management curriculum with traditional knowledge.

As part of the programme, the students are actively involved in caring for a stretch of community land, used as a thoroughfare for locals accessing the wetland area for recreational purposes. The education centre and the Deadly Science programme supports the promotion of environmental awareness and sustainable living by giving students hands on lessons and skills.

The Deadly Science programme has been credited by the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts with improving overall school attendance, classroom behaviour, and confidence of the participating students. Additionally it has given these students better understanding of aboriginal and Torres Strait islander history, lifestyle, culture and reconciliation issues, whilst fostering a sense of pride and enhanced respect in indigenous heritage.

One of the objectives of the Deadly Science programme is to improve employability of these students by integrating additional qualifications and skills such as First Aid, risk assessment and Safe Work methodology. They are also gaining competencies in the use and maintenance of various tools and machinery.

Emily Russell of Alex Fraser Queensland has been actively involved in gaining support for the Deadly Science project, which has promoted a positive relationship between Alex Fraser and the project coordinator Phillip Bresland and his students.

Emily Says “since our involvement with the project, Phillip has been able to pass on any community concerns about Alex Fraser’s activities, and in return, his group has grown their understanding of Alex Fraser and how our company connects with the local community and local sustainability issues. We look forward to continuing our support for this admirable local community project, right on our doorstep.”

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