Almost 50 students from Cloncurry will be swimming with ideas on how to conserve our precious water resources after taking part in a new Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) program today and tomorrow (18 and 19 February).

Cloncurry State School and St Joseph’s Catholic School students are attending the QMEA’s very first ‘Water: Yours, Ours, Mine’ workshop hosted in partnership with Glencore’s Mount Isa Mines (MIM).

The initiative is designed to get students thinking about the importance of responsible water treatment and reuse to ensure the long-term sustainability of water supply.

“Globally, there is a demand for robust planning and wider engagement across sectors to ensure we are all using water sustainably,” said QMEA Skills and Education Manager, Matthew Heskett.

“Through this activity students will become more educated about water treatment and reuse and the importance of protecting the environment.

“Water is a valuable resource, especially in our changing climate.

“Our team is excited to work with local students and representatives from Glencore MIM to showcase how the resources sector has an important role in managing water treatment and reuse to ensure minimal water wastage,” he said.

The QMEA engages with 80 schools throughout Queensland and is a partnership between the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Schools Program.

The QRC is Queensland’s peak representative body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers across the resources sector. It contributes one in every five dollars to the Queensland economy, sustains one in six Queensland jobs, supports more than 15,000 businesses and helps more than 1200 community organisations across the state – all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.

Media Contact: Ellie Blumel – 0448122948 or ellieb@qrc.org.au


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