o Planning ahead: Year 11 Glen Innes High School students (from left) Jesse Martin, Dan Landers, Mitchell Cook and Jai Campbell take a break during the property planning workshop.Glen Innes High School students joined almost 200 people braving the wet weather to take part in an on-farm field day at Guyra property Willow Park as part of the annual Northern Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) Schools Property Planning Competition.
“We were very impressed with the commitment of the teachers and students who all turned up despite the pouring rain,” event coordinator Michelle McKerney said.
“We had the driest January on record at Willow Park, followed by the hottest February, and then during the week of the field day we recorded 120mm. We turned the paddocks into a classroom, and both kids and adults were very attentive and really seemed to get a lot out of the event.”
The Schools Property Planning competition gives secondary school students firsthand experience in strategic property planning to tackle the real life challenges faced by local farmers.
The students were welcomed to Willow Park by hosts John, Helen and David McKerney who explained the history of the farm business and its current operations.
Northern Tablelands LLS staff were on hand to share their expertise, providing additional information on livestock production, water quality issues, biodiversity management, and soils and pastures.
“There were a lot of knowledgeable presenters who worked with the students and got us all thinking hard about the logistics of farm management,” Ms McKerney said.
“The best thing about the field day was that it brought together great minds, young and old, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running a long-term, profitable farm whilst also sustaining our natural resources.
“We’re now looking forward to seeing some of the solutions that the students pull together as part of their Property Planning Competition entries.”
Ms McKerney said the competition integrates with the schools’ Year 11 curriculum in the farm case study subject. Students write up their plan – either individually or in small groups – and the best two per schools in the Northern Tablelands LLS region are submitted for judging by the property owner, an LLS board member and a staff member.
The competition concludes at Aquip in Gunnedah in August.
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