Students explore rural Killarney
YEAR 11 and 12 students from Concordia College visited Killarney on Tuesday. The geography class of 21 students was on excursion from Toowoomba visiting small rural townships like Killarney to learn about the area.
The visit incorporated a walk up Killarney’s main street as well as visiting local businesses.
A visit to Carramar Timbers was very educational for the group as most of the students had never seen or experienced a sawmill before.
A group tour of Carramar Timbers was led by Sonya Carr who explained to the group the many and varying aspects of the manufacturing of their timber flooring products.
The students also gained valuable insight into how small rural towns like Killarney survive against the odds. Killarney is still recovering after the recent closure of the local abattoir and the loss of 130 jobs. Major flooding early this year has also taken its toll.
“We need to keep community spirit up” Sonya said. “The reason we live and operate our business’s here is because we have community support and we believe in our town, Killarney.”
“Shopping locally is the key to our town’s survival as well as supporting the industries still based here. It was pleasing to see the interest the students showed with regards to the timber industry.”