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Chelona, QLD

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Chelona, QLD

Moonah food history

Chelona food history

Chelona is a small community near the regional centre of Mackay, on the central Queensland coast, in the traditional country of the Yuwibara people. Since the 1880s, the growing of sugar cane has dominated the Mackay region. Local farmers also graze beef cattle.

Moonah food history

Chelona State School

Chelona State School is surrounded by sugar cane farms, south of Mackay, on the central Queensland coast. The school was established in January 1893 and educates children from a sugar farming and beach communities. Chelona State School joined the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program in 2014.


People and the Environment

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