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News Article

Melanie convinced her country background an asset for education career

Published:21 October 2014

BMA scholarship holder Melanie Casey

After growing up in Innisfail, Melanie Casey moved to Townsville for many years but she's now living back in a small regional town, namely Moranbah.

She's convinced her affinity with life in rural and regional areas will be an asset when she graduates from CQUniversity as a primary school teacher.

"There is always a need in rural communities for people in the education sector. I enjoy living in a small community and although I may not be able to stay in Moranbah, I am interested in remaining in rural areas," Melanie says.

The CQUniversity distance education student is thankful that a scholarship provided by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has enabled her to take a break from working as a teacher aide to concentrate on her studies.

She does still find time to be chairperson of the Moranbah Scout Group, which has around 90 "very active and successful" members.

Melanie has three children - aged 7, 11 and 12 - and says her role as a mother requires some juggling with her studies.

"Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who doesn't mind helping out and enjoys cooking!

"It would be impossible to complete my studies full-time without his support and the occasional visit from grandparents."

CQUniversity Dean of Education & the Arts Professor Helen Huntly congratulated Melanie on her progress since gaining the scholarship and expressed her gratitude to BMA for its "generous contribution showing a commitment to regional education and training".

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