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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg educates next generation of engineers

26 March 2018

The Glenelg Shire is helping to educate the next generation of engineers as part on an ongoing regional educational partnership.

Council’s engineering team recently played host to VCE Geography students from the Hamilton and Alexandra College as part of a coastal field trip to study the process of coastal erosion and effective mitigation techniques.

The visit is part of an annual coastal engineering educational program that the Glenelg Shire offers to local secondary schools.
Director Assets Mr Robert Alexander said council was pleased to host the school, educating the students on the many engineering career opportunities in local government.

“Our experienced engineering team thoroughly enjoyed working with the students during the field trip, sharing their vast knowledge of working in the engineering field and detailing the unique challenges and opportunities posed by constructing near the coastline,” he said.

“As part of the visit students toured sites including Portland’s Nun’s Beach, Anderson Point and Dutton Way to see first-hand the process of sand trapping and dune stabilisation.”

Mr Alexander said the program would continue to be offered by the Glenelg Shire following positive feedback received from participants.

“The program continues to be a resounding success for all involved, with both staff and students putting their knowledge to the test,” he said.

“In particular, the students thoroughly enjoyed the chance to move away from the text book and apply their studies to real life scenarios.

“We hope that through programs such as this budding engineers will continue on with the important coastal engineering work to help protect and maintain the beauty of our region.”

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