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Published Friday 9 April 2021

Sign up for free chainsaw skills program

If you enjoy the outdoors, getting your hands dirty and want to learn new skills, we have just the program for you.

We’ve partnered with Clonbinane Community Action Group and the Reedy Creek Progress Association to deliver a chainsaw operation and maintenance course, plus first aid, through DNA Training Solutions.

This free training will build skills in safe and effective chainsaw use, with priority given to women living in high fire and storm-risk areas.

Some women in smaller communities of Mitchell are particularly vulnerable in an emergency such as a storm or fire. They may be home alone or caring for young children and may lack the capability, skills or confidence to operate a chainsaw to clear fallen timber or complete fire season preparations.

During the three-day program, women will learn how to assess a property for fire or storm risk. Participants will also learn basic skills including how to turn a chainsaw on, how to hold it, how to safely use it, how to clean it and how to fill it with fuel.

This program will provide the resilience training for women living in rural areas to be able to look after their families and property during storms and prepare for the fire season. This project also encourages social interaction and the development of long-term friendships.

The program will run from 9.30am until 2.30pm on Thursday 6 May, Friday 7 May and Saturday 15 May.

Complete your application for the program online – places are strictly limited and will be assessed in the order they are received. Applications close at 9am on Friday 23 April.

This page was last updated on 9 April 2021.