News Bundaberg, 1.8.2014, Kalkie State School, Ray Norris & student Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo: Paul Beutel
News Bundaberg, 1.8.2014, Kalkie State School, Ray Norris & student Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo: Paul Beutel Paul Beutel

Students are nuts about 40th anniversary project

KALKIE school students are embracing the region's rich macadamia industry, planting two of the nut trees at their school as part of the Australian Macadamia Society's (AMS) 40th Anniversary Schools Project.

Acting principal Patrick Cause said the children learned a lot about the macadamia tree during the process.

"Bundaberg is becoming one of the biggest producers around," he said.

"The kids really enjoyed it and Ray Norris was excellent with the kids."

News Bundaberg, 1.8.2014, Kalkie State School, Ray Norris with students Madeline Rehbein & Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo Paul Beutel
News Bundaberg, 1.8.2014, Kalkie State School, Ray Norris with students Madeline Rehbein & Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo Paul Beutel Paul Beutel

Mr Norris, a local grower, helped the children plant the tree and taught them how to care for it.

"Australia is the birthplace of macadamias and this year marks four decades of commercial production, dating back to when the Australian Macadamia Society, the industry body was established in 1974," AMS spokeswoman Lynne Ziehlke said.

The first plantation was established in the 1880s, long before 1974, but it wasn't until the introduction of mechanical processing that commercial production of the tough nut became feasible.

"Australia now leads the world in kernel production and accounts for 30% of the world's crop," she said.

Kalkie State School, Ray Norris & student Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo Paul Beutel
Kalkie State School, Ray Norris & student Duncan Allen yr6 plant a Macadamia tree to celebrate 40yrs of production in Australia. Photo Paul Beutel Paul Beutel