Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Chinese Students Arrive; Valley Gains a Global Flavour

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Chinese Students Arrive; Valley Gains a Global Flavour

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Craig

Warhurst

EDITOR

editor@gympietimes.com

ASIAN and Australian students are helping reinvigorate the Mary Valley and create jobs with the opening of the Mary Valley Retreat.

Outdoor education company, Higher Ground, has just opened the new centre in the former Traveston Crossing dam footprint.

This week they welcomed their first Chinese students from Hong Kong to the Valley.

The Mary Valley Retreat complements the firm's two existing Valley education centres, the Kenilworth Homestead and Tuchekoi Outdoor Education Centre.

Managing director of Higher Ground group, Rod Field, said the new education centre was part of the group's expansion and the Mary Valley was the perfect spot to host overseas students along with the 13,000 Australian students that visit each year.

He said it was the fifth year they had run the program hosting students from Hong Kong and had to expand to fit the students in.

Currently they have 210 students hosted at the three venues. …

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