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Senior NRL Cowboys House students had the opportunity to experience real-world employment when they recently visited the Mt Carlton gold mine south of Townsville, thanks to North Queensland Toyota Cowboys community partner Evolution Mining.

With the four students attending trade-training school TecNQ in 2017, Evolution Mining invited the group to tour the open-pit operation and also donated personal protective equipment (PPE), including high-vis clothing and steel cap work boots.

Evolution Mining HSEC Manager Craig Mason said the opportunity to visit the site would hopefully give an insight into the practical application of their trade training.

“The group were taken through the processes of having safe access to the mine site, and met with members of the site leadership team,” Mr Mason said.

“A conversation with the site’s general manager had a lasting impression on one student who couldn’t believe how far his career had taken him around the world.”

A highlight of the tour was a ride in a 777 dump truck, capable of hauling 100-tonne of ore to the on-site processing facility.

“We also sent three rock samples back with the students to help the others with their science assignments,” Mr Mason said.

“Our role as a community partner is important to us, and we want to give these kids every opportunity to make the most of their education.”

NRL Cowboys House is supporting 25 Indigenous students from remote North Queensland communities to complete secondary schooling in Townsville, while nurturing their extra-curricular interests.

The House is a joint initiative between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, the National Rugby League and Queensland and Australian Governments.

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