Students from Dongara District High School were recently awarded second place in a tough statewide contest against 13 other schools.

Throughout the year students have been participating in the Petroleum Club’s Next Generation Schools Program.

Six students were selected to attend a Student Expo Day in Perth in September. They completed various challenges throughout the day, scoring points for each activity. Dongara students proved without a doubt they were a force to be reckoned with when the points were tallied and they were in second place.

Program coordinator Hamish Smith was delighted.

“Everyone from Dongara District High School was exceptionally proud of our team for doing so well,” he says. “They collaborated and worked really well together as a team.”

The students were awarded a trip on the Leeuwin sail training ship.

The Next Generation Schools Program educates students about the diverse range of careers available in the oil and gas industry.

Dongara District High School was the only rural school involved in the program in 2018, and also the only students who got the opportunity to visit a working gas operation.

MEPAU sponsors the program and is so pleased with the success of the program that sponsorship is being extended to include Jurien Bay District High School in 2019.

For more information about what the students learn in the program, as well as more photos, visit our Next Generation Schools Program page.

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The Northern Perth Basin

The Northern Perth Basin is a prolific oil and gas producing area covering a large portion of the Mid West region of Western Australia. The town of Dongara, located approximately 360km north of Perth, is the regional economic hub for a number of industries, including oil and gas.