INDEPENDENT WOMEN: The Kyogle Evening Branch of the Country Women’s Association gets stuck in with some heavy duty chainsaw training.
INDEPENDENT WOMEN: The Kyogle Evening Branch of the Country Women’s Association gets stuck in with some heavy duty chainsaw training. Contributed

Cutting the way for a new CWA

CWA members made a lot of noise with their chainsaws over the weekend highlighting how training for community groups can be outside the predictable norm.

Ten members from the Kyogle Evening Branch of the Country Women's Association signalled a desire within the women group when they traded their crochet hooks for chainsaws.

The NSW Department of Industry under the Smart and Skilled Part Qualifications Funding answered the call by members to explore technical training as part of their membership.

The two day chainsaw training event covered topics including how to start chainsaws safely, how to maintain your chainsaw and practical skills used in the field.

Complete Vegetation Management Training employee Mal Hall with support by Murwillumbah Community College ran the course.

Course participant Angie Brace said Mal was a fantastic trainer.

"We all walked away safer and are ready to use the skills we learnt," she said.

"The skills will be of great benefit to those participants looking for work and for those of us who volunteer in other community groups like the SES, RFS and Landcare."

CWA president Odette Nettleton said women wanted to be independent and resilient in times of natural disaster and in the maintenance of their properties.

""This training was an exciting opportunity for the group and increases skills in the community," she said.



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