Students get kickstart into agricultural careers

TEN young people aspiring to a career in agriculture have been awarded scholarships to the Emerald Agricultural College and Longreach Pastoral College.

Agriculture Minister, John McVeigh, said the students would be supported by the Newman Government's scholarship program as they strove for a career in agricultural and rural industries.

"I congratulate the successful scholarship recipients who will receive $10,000 towards tuition and board at the iconic Emerald and Longreach colleges," Mr McVeigh said.

"Agriculture is one of the four pillars of our economy and our goal is to double agriculture production by 2040.

"To do this, we need the best minds and the best trained agri-workforce possible and these scholarships demonstrate our commitment to supporting this important sector."

The following scholarship recipients will undertake study modules in equine studies, rural studies, and sheep and wool at Longreach Pastoral College:

  • Blake Coomber, (Nambour, Queensland)
  • Bonnie Kenner, (Bagdad, Tasmania)
  • Charleigh Robinson, (Goondiwindi, Queensland)
  • Darren Close (Hampton, Queensland)
  • Ebui Winston Williams (Bamaga, Queensland)

The following students will undertake study at Emerald Agricultural College in beef production, rural operations and agribusiness management courses:

  • Alexandra Forrest (Nebo, Queensland)
  • James West (Injune, Queensland)
  • Johanna Robertson (Clermont, Queensland)
  • Stevie Ashley-Cooper (Alligator Creek, Queensland)
  • Will Lambell (Gulargambone, New South Wales)

Mr McVeigh said it was encouraging to see 50 aspiring rural students applied for the scholarship program.

"I urge all of the aspiring students to continue to pursue a career in agriculture and to keep the Emerald and Longreach Colleges at the forefront of their decision making," he said.

Longreach Pastoral College and Emerald Agricultural College provide nationally accredited training.

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