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Muresk Institute managing director Prue Jenkins, Jay the dog and Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts.

Drone versus dog at Muresk

MORE than 190 students from nine Western Australian secondary schools attended this year’s Muresk Institute’s Drone versus Dog trials.

The Drone versus Dog trials were established in 2017 at Muresk Institute to expose secondary school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the career opportunities it provides.

The agricultural industry is booming with free trade agreements and emerging markets creating growth in the industry.

The event teaches students how modern technology such as drones and robots or agbots are applied in the industry and showcases the sector to students who might not otherwise think about a career in agriculture.

The program also allows Muresk to demonstrate clear pathways to employment through the educational courses at Muresk, including Curtin University’s Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

This year, Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts won a drone for his school, beating the other student pilots with a time of 17.42 seconds. 

The dog, Jay, had the best time but missed the final hurdle. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the Drone versus Dog trial was a unique way to show school students the role technology plays in a modern farm. 

“It’s been a big hit with students and highly effective in changing their perceptions about jobs in agriculture,’’ she said.

“The trials demonstrate the McGowan Government’s commitment to the agriculture sector.

“We understand the importance of growing agricultural skills in the state, as the
industry offers an opportunity to diversify and strengthen the Western Australian economy.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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