Engaged education and training


The Mackay Biodiesel Project

Mackay Biodiesel Project

The Biodiesel Plant project, based at the CQUniversity Ooralea Trade Training Centre, has engaged more than 120 students, within Mackay’s Education and Training Reform for the future program supporting VET in school high school students, Indigenous Trainee Program and Certificate II Engineering students.

The project earned $200,000 worth of investment and support from companies including Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund, the Mackay Regional Council, Hahn Environmental, Dowden’s Pumping and LogiCam.

The project has enabled students to gain hands-on experience on a beneficial, tangible project and provided them with insight into using alternative fuels.

It is the first Vocational Education Training project to win an Opal Award.

  1. Paul Kelly (Project Manager and Coordinator, Vocational Teacher)
  2. Douglas Wootton (Vocational Teacher)
  3. Josh Van Loenen (Vocational Teacher)

Development of a Digital Classroom for use by Secondary Schools

Digital Classroom

This project was the creation of a Digital Classroom (Visualising the Human Body) for use by secondary school students with the aim of increasing participation in maths and science and encouraging future enrolments in these disciplines at CQUniversity.The project was a collaborative effort between the Schools of Medical and Applied Science and among various disciplines (science, medical imaging, sonography and education) and was supported by staff from the Office of Learning and Teaching, Technology and Client Services, ROC-Q and the School of Nursing.

It also involved engagement with teachers and students from Mackay, Sarina and Calen High Schools and representatives from the Regional Universities Network (RUN).

  1. Dr Delma Clifton (Coordinator)
  2. Simone Eiser (Curriculum Development)
  3. Prof Helen Huntly (RUN Board Member)
  4. Dr Linda Pfeiffer (Research Evaluation)

With support from other staff including Kerry Reid-Searle, Marie Foreman, Colette LePage, Heidi Croxson, Karen Finlay, Maria Mahoney, Marnie Rawles, Shani Watts, Caroline Falconi and Scott Bowman.