Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue is back on the road

May 15, 2018

The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s School Mine Tours Program is back on the road for 2018 with
the first stop at Mt Owen Mine.
 
Forty one Year 5 students from Singleton’s King Street Primary School visited the Glencore mine site
on May 9 as part of the Dialogue’s School Mine Tours Program which will see an estimated 1000
Year 5 and Year 9 students from Upper Hunter schools tour mine sites in 2018.
 
The King Street Primary students were amazed by Mt Owen Mine’s sheer size as they got up close to
massive mine machinery as well as gained a bird’s eye view of the open cut mining operations in
action from the mine’s lookout.
 
As well as touring the mine site, the Year 5 students also saw a presentation which explained in
detail the entire mining process from exploration to the end of a mine’s life including uses of coal,
impacts of mining and how mined land is rehabilitated.
 
This year the Dialogue’s Mine Tours Program has 27 individual tours scheduled with students from
18 participating Upper Hunter schools visiting 13 different mine sites across the Upper Hunter.
The 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.

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