Special event for remote students

Top job: Students from Kowanyama meet the PM Scott Morrison in the Canberra Parliamentary courtyard. Picture: Adam Taylor
Top job: Students from Kowanyama meet the PM Scott Morrison in the Canberra Parliamentary courtyard. Picture: Adam Taylor

For more than three decades Caringbah educational tour specialists, Unearth-Ed, have been taking educational tour groups to destinations all over Australia.

In particular they are experts in the Canberra tourism market catering for all types of school groups and ages.

As part of their 30 year anniversary, and to recognize the Federal Government's increase in Canberra school visit subsidies, Unearth-Ed took 30 students from a remote Indigenous school in Far North Queensland to Canberra, as part of their first foray into the study of Civics and Citizenship.

It was a long way from the red dirt of their home to the pavement of Federal Parliament - more than 3000 kilometres - but Kowanyama is a school that values culture and takes every opportunity to integrate community events into their school.

Temperatures at Kowanyama never drop below 20 degrees Celsius and during the wet season it is cut off for five months of the year when fruit and vegetables are flown in by plane.

So the Canberra weather and the snow fields of Perisher was certainly an eye opener and an amazing experience for the students.

Unearth-Ed owner Paul Crowther as well as assisting them financially in their trip said the company would also do its best to get the students to meet the Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House.

The school kids had a trip of a life time in the nation's capital, stopping off at the snow in Perisher on the way to Canberra, and visiting all the iconic destinations that only Canberra has to offer including the War Memorial, Old Parliament House, Questacon, the Mint and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Another highlight for the remote students as part of their study of Civics and Citizenship in Australia was meeting the PM Scott Morrison, new Indigenous Minister Ken Wyatt and local MP Warren Entsch in the Parliamentary courtyard.

The students weren't shy meeting the PM for the first time and asked if he would build them a Waterpark to swim in without the threat of crocodiles, barramundi and mud crabs that they normally share their water holes with - the PM graciously said he "would think about it".

Mr Crowther, whose family's coach business has operated since 1926, has been instrumental over the last 30 years in helping students of all ages to get to Canberra to gain a greater appreciation of the machinations of government.

"We hope it can help inspire their future careers into things like science, the law, sport, arts and politics," Mr Crowther said. "These careers can then be used to assist their community's future development. There are also opportunities for cultural exchanges with other schools visiting Kowanyama which can create an educational tourism industry and therefore economic development and jobs."