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The future of Queensland communities highlighted at 2018 Ekka

The Queensland Government precinct at the Ekka was a great success, with more than 65,500 attendees stopping by to enjoy fun, hands-on activities and learn about the different services available to them.

There was plenty for everyone to see and do, with the precinct showcasing 22 informative and interactive displays across 16 departments and external agencies, and a variety of workshops and demonstrations.

Visitors of all ages experienced the following:

  • daily demonstrations by the skilled four-legged officers from the Department of Corrective Services Dog Squad
  • joining the Colourful Chef on a cooking adventure to make and enjoy a yummy dish, or jumping on Smoothie Bikes to pedal their way to a delicious snack
  • learning about jobs of the future and the STEM skills required to forge a career in advanced manufacturing
  • joining the Junior Police Academy and seeing if they had what it takes to be a police officer by completing their first assignment
  • checking out an electric vehicle and charging station, and finding out information about the Queensland Electric Super Highway
  • visiting the Department of Education display for a chat and picking up a free 2018/19 school calendar magnet
  • enjoying ball games at the Department of Housing and Public Works display
  • experiencing Virtual Reality and learning how it is being used in real time, real world applications
  • learning about concessions and services available for seniors and people with a disability
  • drone demonstrations and the opportunity to learn how this technology will be utilised by jobs of the future
  • visiting with the Get Ready team and learning how to put a “what-if” plan together and prepare for storm season
  • learning about the Great Barrier Reef, why it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and what the biggest challenges facing the Reef are
  • having a photo taken on a quad bike and learning how to be “Ride Ready”
  • crafting a poppy to contribute to the Armistice Centenary art installation
  • learning the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR at the Queensland Ambulance Service display
  • finding out about where our food comes from and the journey it takes to get from the farm to our plates.

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