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Spotlight on energy


​A group of Central Queensland students will become energy experts today in an event run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). 

The ‘Energy for the Future’ workshop held at Blackwater PCYC will challenge students to think about world energy needs by examining the best energy solutions in countries like Japan, Denmark, Australia and Brazil.

‘Students employ higher order thinking skills to critically assess the economic, environmental, geographical and social contexts of countries to make decisions on the right energy mix with renewables, fossil fuels and uranium all on the table’, said QMEA Director Katrina-Lee Jones.

In this QMEA initiative, industry representatives from local companies Wesfarmers Curragh, BMA and Jellinbah will get the students thinking critically about how the world will be powered now and into the future.  

‘Wesfarmers Curragh is pleased to support Energy for the Future. This event is a fabulous extension activity for year 8 students who learn about the realities of energy production and efficiencies. Some of our future leaders are in this room today’ said Johan Ballot, General Manager Curragh Operations.

‘Energy for the Future instils in students an appreciation for the effort involved in producing, safe, efficient and reliable energy in a power hungry world.’ said Ms Jones.

The QMEA is a partnership between the resources sector represented by Queensland resources Council and the Queensland Government through the Gateway to Industry Schools Program.

Students from the following schools were selected to attend based on their aptitude for science:

Blackwater State High School

Dysart State High School

Emerald State High School

Middlemount State High School

Moranbah State High School

North Rockhampton State High School

Industry representatives from the following companies attended: