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Cane to Coast


​During Term 2, the year 11 Science in Practice class completed their ‘Cane to Coast’ unit. During the course of their studies, the students learnt about the importance of mangrove wetland areas, fishing and aquaculture regulations and how sugar cane is grown and refined. All of these concepts were combined together to look at sustainable agriculture programs in our region and their impact upon Cape Upstart Bay and the Great Barrier Reef.

Due to our Agribusiness Grant, students were able to participate in three different excursions. The first took place to Wunjunga and Molongle - focusing on mangrove and wetland areas and the organisms which reside there. The second included a visit to Ian Shepherdson’s cane farm to learn about the processes involved in growing cane and farm maintenance. Students then travelled to the Pacific Reef Fisheries Prawn Farm in Ayr to look at how Prawns and Cobia are farmed and the new methods of removing excess nitrogen from waste pond water. The final trip allowed students to see inside Inkerman Sugar Mill and observe firsthand the processes that occur to turn sugar cane into sugar.

Thanks to all who were involved throughout this term, without the support of other teachers, admin, students, community members, agricultural companies and our Agribusiness grant we would not have been able to complete these excursions.