Muswellbrook Public School students were at the coalface of mining rehabilitation when they visited Mount Pleasant Operation in June.
The students got their hands dirty helping out the mine’s rehabilitation program by planting trees. The visit was part of the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s School Mine Tours Program which is well and truly on the road for 2019.
The School Mine Tours Program schedule sees 18 schools from the Muswellbrook-Singleton area touring 13 Upper Hunter mines. The schedule includes 21 tours across the year with about 800 Year 5 and Year 8/9 students participating.
May and June kicked off the 2019 tours program with six mines hosting tours from 10 schools – Mt Pleasant Public School students toured Glendell Mine, Australian Christian College, Singleton, visited Hunter Valley Operations, St Joseph’s Primary School, Denman, Pacific Brook Christian School and Denman Public School pupils travelled to Bengalla Mine, Mount Pleasant Operation had a visit from Muswellbrook Public School, Mount Owen mine hosted students from King Street Public School while Jerrys Plains, Broke and Milbrodale public schools combined to tour Wambo Coal.
The Dialogue tours program aims to offer a fact-based, first-hand educational experience to teach local students about the impacts and benefits of coal mining in the Upper Hunter.
The Dialogue offers the free tours to all schools in the Singleton-Muswellbrook educational catchment and the program uses educational materials and messaging developed by a Dialogue working group made up of teachers, community members and industry and local government representatives.