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Council bursaries opening pathways for region’s star students

29 November 2017

Last year's Community Spirit Bursary recipients Renee Burt and Will Gillespie are enjoying the opportunity to earn and learn with Council.

Last year’s Community Spirit Bursary recipients Renee Burt and Will Gillespie are enjoying the opportunity to earn and learn with Council.

The future has never looked brighter for our region’s graduating High School seniors. Come November 30, six lucky Year 12 students will have taken home a Western Downs Regional Council ‘Community Spirit’ Bursary to help with their future study.

  • In addition to a $1,000 award, the 2017 Bursary recipients will undertake paid work experience with Council in an area complementing their degree;
  • This is only the second year Council has awarded the Community Spirit bursaries to outstanding school leavers from high schools across the Western Downs;
  • Selected by their school Principal, Council’s Bursary winners were carefully chosen from criteria including: academic performance, contribution to the community, participation in their school community, and OP eligibility;
  • The final sixth bursary will be presented to one lucky Dalby Christian College Year 12 Student at their upcoming Awards Ceremony on Thursday 30 November.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was proud and honoured to be able to present our winners with their Community Spirit Bursary at this year’s awards nights across the region.

“We have an outstanding array of talented, bright, hardworking high school students across our region and it has been immensely humbling getting to know them and their plans for the future,” he said.

“For our graduating Year 12 students, going onto further study can be an expensive venture, so Council wanted to give back to those star students who not only performed well in school but have gone above and beyond in their local communities.

“Our 2017 Bursary recipients are a remarkable group of young people, and their commitment to furthering themselves clearly shows that our region is in good hands.”

Last year’s Community Spirit Bursary recipient Renee Burt, who is studying Forensic Science / Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, is on her second placement with Council.

“During my last holiday period I was amazed at the size of Council’s workforce through my placement with the Human Resources Team, and now I’m soaking up all the experiences from working in the Communities Department,” she said.

“I’m working in an amazing team, learning lots and I’m getting to see so much more of the Western Downs. The paid work experience has definitely taken the pressure off during the semester so that I’m able to focus on my studies.”

Thomas Hubbard, who is studying Theatre / Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, is looking forward to learning the ins and outs of Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

Thomas Hubbard, who is studying Theatre / Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, is looking forward to learning the ins and outs of Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

Thomas Hubbard also hopes to gain more exposure to the arts through his placement with Dogwood Crossing, Miles, and is already seeing similarities with his Theatre / Arts degree.

“I have a real love for the arts, so it’s been incredible to see the behind the scenes of an art gallery, especially at one that is an A-standard regional gallery,” he said.

“This Bursary is such a great opportunity, and Council has such a variety of different work areas that I’m really enjoying getting a practical feel of what it’s like in the world of working life — especially in an area that interests me.”

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Media Contact:

Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392