PITCHING IN: Scott Armstrong, Sandra Lee and Ian Todd (far right) present a cheque to Alex Benn and Rochelle Ferguson.
PITCHING IN: Scott Armstrong, Sandra Lee and Ian Todd (far right) present a cheque to Alex Benn and Rochelle Ferguson. David Blacket

Cotton, wine industry tours help local kids

SUN safe Year 7s will benefit from the generous contribution of the local cotton and wine industry, as local growers thanked the community for their ongoing support by presenting a cheque to local schools.

Cotton growers Scott Armstrong and Ian Todd joined St George visitor information centre's Sandra Lee to present a $2100 cheque to P&C representatives from St Pat's Primary School, as well as St George State and State High Schools.

The money was evenly distributed, and the $700 received by the high school will go towards providing sun protection for the new designated Year 7 building.

P&C president Rochelle Ferguson said the committee was grateful for the funds.

"We will be putting the money we have been kindly given towards providing extra sun protection for he upcoming Years 7s in 2019.

"That's something we need to focus on.”

The cheque comes from the proceeds of cotton-vineyard tours, organised with Riversands, which run weekly during the May to September tourist season.

Organiser David Blacket said the tours were a way to show off what the Balonne region had to offer.

"Seven local cotton growers donate their time to host the tours,” he said.

"These aim to showcase the St George Irrigation Industry.”

Mr Blacket also acknowledged the contribution of the visitor information centre, which promoted the tours and took bookings.

The tour includes a visit to a cotton farm, Moonrock onions, and Riversands

for a vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch.

"The tour aims to provide to the public our side of the story on irrigated agriculture in a positive and entertaining way."


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