Tayla Gibson, Taylor Cross, Lifa Whyte and Tia Calio get in some practice for their Outback Adventure.
Tayla Gibson, Taylor Cross, Lifa Whyte and Tia Calio get in some practice for their Outback Adventure. Craig Warhurst

Young explorers win competition

“THE nothingness and amazing places

New ways of living and new faces.

Rippling waves that rise from the ground.

The dry, dusty landscape for miles around.”

That's the big new world five Gympie West students expect to find next month, when they venture to the Outback, into the heart of Waltzing Matilda country and to the edge of the desert heart.

They wrote the poetry as part of a multi-media presentation that won them an ‘Outback Adventure', giving them the chance to see first-hand the country and the people they would otherwise be learning about from books.

Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said yesterday the students had won the chance to visit Queensland's Outback as part of a Tourism Queensland competition, run in partnership with the Outback Queensland Tourism Association.

They will join teacher Tina Haylock and similar groups from Arundel State School on the Gold Coast and Wellers Hill State School in Brisbane.

“As part of the competition, Queensland state schools were encouraged to form teams of five students and submit an audio-visual presentation detailing what they would expect to see in the outback.

“I was certainly impressed by the entry from Gympie West, which included a song they had written about Queensland's outback,” the minister said.

Four of the students, Taylor Cross, Tayla Gibson, Tia Calio and Lifa Whyte spoke to The Gympie Times yesterday about their upcoming adventure.

“They went to a workshop at Gympie Library with bush poet Marco Gliori and he gave them permission to write words to fit in with one of his songs,” Ms Haylock said.

They hope to visit the hot springs at Mitchell, the Lark Quarry and its fossil evidence of a dinosaur stampede that helped inspire Jurassic Park, the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the Qantas Museum, and the Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach.

Gympie Times


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