ON TOUR: Students from the QUT Big Lift tour stopped over in Monto.
ON TOUR: Students from the QUT Big Lift tour stopped over in Monto. Jack Lawrie

QUT students lend a hand in the Burnett

A TOUR bus full of inquisitive students came to Eidsvold once again to help out the community.

Students from the Queensland University of Technology Big Lift passed through the town as part of their End of Year Trip, volunteering and taking in the opportunity to engage with rural life.

The QUT Big Lift is a student-run organisation founded in 2010 with the goal of uplifting regional communities through volunteering while also enhancing understanding of rural life.

Big Lift secretary Anna Jones said they spent their time between helping out at the RM Williams and the Christian Centre doing odd jobs for townspeople.

"It was mainly general things like helping townspeople with gardening, painting, that sort of thing,” she said.

"I think it's nice because we generally do visit some of the communities many times and people have started recognising a few of the faces.”

This visit marked the fourth time the group had stopped over in Eidsvold, which has become a beloved stop for students who have been on the previous tours.

Abhishek Varghese found himself enthralled by listening to the Aboriginal elders in the community.

"Speaking to the elders was the most exciting thing to me, because there's such a wealth of knowledge that I've never seen before,” Mr Varghese said.

"The history of Australia is just so much richer.”

Liam Westerman, who had his first time on the tour said it was an exciting experience.

"It's pretty amazing to come to rural communities and help out, especially seeing their way of life,” Mr Westerman said.

In between the projects, the group got to play games and spend time with the locals.

"I'd love to see them come to Eidsvold continually and look forward to their next visit in 2018, we thank them dearly from the RM Williams Centre, we have building structures going up and they helped out with no complaints,” Laurel Bayles said.

The group spent the first two days on the tour exploring the South Burnett, visiting Murgon and Cherbourg.

The group left Eidsvold on the fifth day of their tour, with a brief stopover at Monto Memorial Park before moving onto Theodore.


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