Griffith University students swap notebooks for hardhats

19 September 2016

Queensland’s next generation of town planners toured New Acland Mine earlier this month as part of a Darling Downs field trip, designed to investigate the region’s planning needs.

The Griffith University Urban and Environmental Planning students also visited a local cotton farm, Wellcamp Airport and heard from current town planners at Toowoomba Regional Council.

Griffith University Lecturer Dr Deanna Tomerini said the field trip encouraged students to learn about different land uses and the diverse perspectives of local stakeholders.

"Touring the mine gave our students important experience of mining operations and New Acland’s progressive rehabilitation practices," she said.

"It was a great case study for our students because they got to see the mine’s cattle grazing trials firsthand and New Acland’s example of the coexistence of mining and agriculture."

Griffith University student Evan Page said he thoroughly enjoyed the field trip and the opportunity to experience New Acland Mine firsthand.

"Being able to see New Acland Mine for ourselves was a really beneficial experience," he said.

"There has been some stigma around mining with strong opinions from both sides of the debate.

"As planners, we need to work between these lines to gradually transition towards a sustainable future."

New Acland Mine is hosting its next free public tour on 29 September. Bookings can be made via the mine on (07) 4694 8888.