CHAINSAW CHALLENGE: Chainsaw instructor Mal Hall, front left, with Kyogle CWA members.
CHAINSAW CHALLENGE: Chainsaw instructor Mal Hall, front left, with Kyogle CWA members.

CWA women doing it for themselves..with a chainsaw

NOTHING screams independence more than a woman with a chainsaw.

The Kyogle Evening Branch of the Country Women’s Association learnt how to operate and maintain chainsaws in a Horticulture Certificate course funded by the NSW Department of Industry.

Ten Kyogle CWA members completed the two-day chainsaw training, under the guidance of Mal Hall, from Complete Vegetation Management Training.

The course covered topics including how to start and maintain a chainsaw safely and practical in-field skills.

“Mal was a fantastic trainer. We all walked away safer and a ready to use the skills we learnt,” course participant Angie Brace 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,” Ms Brace said.

The Kyogle Evening Branch, formed in June 2015, has more than 40 members.

President Odette Nettleton said: “This training was an exciting opportunity for the group and increases skills in the community.

“A survey of the members indicated that the women wanted to be independent and resilient in times of natural disaster and in the maintenance of their properties.”

The branch has members aged from 18 to 70-plus, and has donated personal care items for people escaping domestic violence to Kyogle Family Support Services.

The branch will start work on a vehicle to enter the Demolition Derby at the Kyogle Show this year.

Contact Odette Nettleton 0418620834 to learn more.



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