FEEL THE MUSIC: Rural Aid delivering musical instruments to Burnett State College in Gayndah on June 23. Pictured: Laura Carlton, Jen Curnow-Trotter, Julian Hahn, Jen Bryant, Levi Bryant, and Grant Miskimmin.
FEEL THE MUSIC: Rural Aid delivering musical instruments to Burnett State College in Gayndah on June 23. Pictured: Laura Carlton, Jen Curnow-Trotter, Julian Hahn, Jen Bryant, Levi Bryant, and Grant Miskimmin.

HITTING THE RIGHT NOTE: Schools receive musical donations

THE next generation of Burnett musicians have been given the right tools for a musical revival, thanks to a generous donation from Evolution Mining.

Rural Aid and the mining giant have teamed together to deliver $120,000 worth of musical instruments around their Mt Rowden and Cracow Mining Operations.

The Rural Aid community support team visited Burnett State College today to deliver several brand new instruments to the lucky students.

Burnett State College music teacher Jen Bryant said they currently have 17 kids on the books playing, but they're hoping these numbers will increase.

"They currently leave class up to 40 minutes every week, and the plan is to get an ensemble up and running for some awards nights, and for events around town," she said.

"We used to have a small rock band for school events, but now we can achieve a concert band thanks to the donation of these brass and woodwind instruments.

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Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said Burnett State College and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Gayndah were among several schools chosen for the donations.

"I would like to thank Evolution Mining for their generous donation, which is part of a $1.5 million donation to help support Aussie farmers with disaster assistance and their communities," John Warlters said.

"In the past, we've been well known for our disaster assistance program, providing hay, drinking water, financial and counselling assistance to farmers, rural and regional communities. "Building sustainable, stronger futures for primary producers and rural communities underpins everything we do."

Mr Warlters went onto announce a new remit for community focused support, including schools underneath Rural Aid's Stronger Futures Program, starting from July 2020.

"Schools are a key element of all rural communities and we will continue supporting them as part of our focus on community sustainability," he said.

Members of Rural Aid with several excited Burnett State College musicians. Picture: Sam Turner
Members of Rural Aid with several excited Burnett State College musicians. Picture: Sam Turner

"Our thanks go to Rural Aid's sponsor, Evolution Mining, a large employer of local communities backing local communities.

"They have made this and many other opportunities possible for farmers and rural and regional communities," John Warlters said.

Other schools receiving musical instruments include Coalstoun Lakes State School, Eidsvold State School, Mundubbera State School, and Boyne State School.


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