CSG firms will fund program to build students' skills
A $400,000 program for Surat Basin students to help encourage skills needed for the energy industry will be funded by four of Queensland's largest coal seam gas firms.
The program is to encourage schools from Dalby to Roma and surrounds to help students appreciate the appeal of studying maths, science, engineering and technology.
QGC, Arrow Energy, Santos and Australia Pacific LNG are each donating $100,000 to the cause.
All four are developing multi-billion-dollar energy projects including coal seam gas wells in the Surat Basin that will connect to refineries off Gladstone.
The money will fund the CSG Industry Schools Program, a push for each school to develop its own research projects before entering a region-wide contest in Toowoomba.
It will be split into three programs for those in Years 6 to 9 to encourage an interest in science, for Years 9 and 10 to push for students to pick maths or sciences as subjects.
The program for those in senior grades would help students consider further study and ways to enter the coal seam gas industry.
APLNG chief Page Maxson said Australia needed more skilled workers and this program would help deliver that.
"Through the schools program, we can start working with young people from communities in regional areas, where we can provide career rewarding career opportunities close to home," he said.
The CSG and liquefied natural gas industries, he said, would be one industry needing those skills.
The program will be handled by the Queensland Department of Education.
FULL LIST OF SCHOOLS
(State schools) Begonia SS, Bymount East SS, Dunkeld SS, Injune SS, Mitchell SS, Mungallala SS, Roma SC, Surat SS, Teelba SS, Wallumbilla SS, Yuleba SS, Bell SS, Brigalow SS, Chinchilla SS, Dalby South SS, Dalby SS, Drillham SS, Dulacca SS, Guluguba SS, Hannaford SS, Jandowae SS, Jimbour SS, Kaimkillenbun SS, Kogan SS, Meandarra SS, Miles SS, Moonie SS, The Gums SS, Wandoan SS, Warra SS, Taroom SS, Chinchilla SHS, Dalby SHS, Miles SHS, Tara Shire SC.
(Catholic and independent schools) St John's College (Roma), St Joseph's Primary (Chinchilla), Our Lady of the Southern Cross College (Dalby), Chinchilla Christian School, Dalby Christian College.