Known as the Coal Capital of Queensland due to its rich mining history, Blackwater is located approximately 200 km west of Rockhampton. It is an ideal place to live, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
On your weekends, head to the local Bedford Weir for a spot of fishing, boating or camping, or head 55 km east to the spectacular
Blackdown Tablelands National Park. The tablelands are a sandstone island, which rises 600 metres above the surrounding plains, managed by the traditional owners, the Ghungalu Aboriginal people. You can expect to find waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, hundreds of plant and animal species, Aboriginal rock art and plenty of walking trails, lookouts and picnic areas here to enjoy.
There are two local primary schools in Blackwater and a secondary school which means greater opportunities for teachers.
Blackwater State School prides itself on a culture of collegial support and mutual respect. The school’s vision, ‘every day, in every classroom, every student is learning and achieving to the best of their ability’ is achieved by the expectation that teachers know their students, differentiate the curriculum to engage them and teach with a quality pedagogical framework. The learning environment caters for this by using a combination of small classes in large, open, air-conditioned classrooms with the support of teachers and teacher aides.
Three kilometres away,
Blackwater North State School utilises innnovative strategies to ensure their students achieve success. They do this by ensuring students’ prior experiences, personal strengths and cultural backgrounds are integrated into their learning experiences. The school’s special needs program caters for students with varying requirements and has a focus on quality literacy and numeracy outcomes. Facilities incude two computer labs, a multi-purpose court, a hall and information centre. All buildings are air-conditioned and fridges are provided for lunch storage.
The local secondary school,
Blackwater State High School is passionate about creating brilliant futures for their students and are dedicated to academic excellence, vocational achievement, and individual care for each student. As a member of the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy, teachers have access to a variety of academic and vocational activities to support them to do this. The school has a spacious oval, 3 multipurpose courts, a cricket wicket, practice nets, grassed fields and undercover hand ball courts. They host an annual art show and a science night as well as a Biannual USA NASA Space Camp Tour. The school recognises its teachers are its greatest asset to student success both inside and outside of the classroom – will this be you?
Fun fact about Blackwater
Olympic track cyclist and 2016 Rio Olympics Flag Bearer and medalist, Anna Meares was born in Blackwater. In 2012, the town celebrated her success by naming a street after her in a new subdivision in the centre of Blackwater.