18 local year 6 Students and 3 volunteer teachers from schools across the Moreton Bay Region had the exciting opportunity to experience a trip of a lifetime when they were invited to participate in the Region’s Sister City Exchange Program with Winton Shire Council.
The Beach to Bush - Moreton Bay to Winton 2018 program was held in April, with students and teachers visiting Winton, outback Queensland for one week. The students and teachers participated in a range of exciting activities during the trip including:
- Visiting the Waltzing Matilda Festival including the reopening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre
- Attending Winton’s Way Out West Fest including a special concert performance by Jessica Mauboy
- Visiting the Age of the Dinosaurs museum
- A tour of Lark Quarry
- Helicopter ride over Winton
Moreton Bay Regional Council launched an Expression of Interest
in November 2017 for all local school students entering year 6 in
2018, with students required to answer a set of questions including
why they would like to be involved in the Beach to Bush program,
and what they hoped to learn from the trip.
Mayor Sutherland said the students were the perfect ambassadors
for Moreton Bay, and the trip was an important opportunity for
Moreton Bay's younger residents to visit rural communities and see
why both Moreton Bay and Winton cherish the sister city
Moreton Bay Region and the former Redcliffe City Council has
been sister cities with Winton since 1995, and over that time this
close relationship has supported student exchange and tourism
promotion between our two great regions.
"I think there's a perception out there of this growing
disconnect between communities in urban areas and those in the
bush, and I think this trip shows that it couldn't be further from
the truth," Mayor Sutherland said.
"We may be some 1,300km apart, but we have a hell of a lot in
common and I'm glad the kids experienced the sense of mateship and
family that both communities share."
Winton Shire Mayor Gavin Baskett said Winton has had a great
relationship with the Moreton Bay shire over many years and the
Beach to Bush and Bush to Beach program was a good way to broaden
our youths' horizons.
"It was great to have these students from the Moreton Bay Shire
region visiting us during such a momentous occasion," Mayor Baskett
"The re-opening of the Waltzing Matilda Centre was a very
important day on our calendar and the kids on the Beach to Bush
program had a great time while they were here.
"It was great to meet all the kids and I hope they left with
many good experiences and stories of adventure they can share with
family and friends for years to come."
Students and teachers arrive in Winton
Helicopter rides were the highlight of the trip
Students and teachers spent time exploring the outback