Chainsaw students shine in Bemboka

Walan Miya chainsaw students have assisted a family on the Far South Coast whose 1300-acre property was ravaged by devastating bushfires last summer.

The 12 students stationed themselves on the Bemboka property – located in the

Bega Valley Shire region – removing trees and gaining ‘hands-on’ experience as part of a Chainsaw Operations Skills Set course.

Course trainer Mick Mather said Walan Miya was privileged to gain access to the site and provide meaningful training while assisting the family.

“We were happy to support a family in need and help with fire reduction,” he said.

“We were surrounded by a 1300-acre site, of which 95 percent had been burnt.

“Our students carried out safe methods of chain sawing, with the timber to be used for posts and firewood.

“The site itself was overwhelming and baron. It was pleasing to see birds slowly returning.”

The Bemboka property is home to Karen and Rowan Alcock – a family owned property for 120 years.

The Chainsaw Skill Set course is suitable for those engaged in chainsaw use including landscapers, tree contracting, personal use, council workers and parks management.

Walan Miya assists residents at BlazeAid

Backed by a wealth of skill and knowledge, Walan Miya trainers’ Mick Mather and Maison Acton have assisted those recovering from bushfires on the Far South Coast.

The hard-working duo recently spent two days at the Cobargo Sports Ground, working alongside professionals and providing advice and aid to bushfire affected residents as part of an event called BlazeAid.

BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

Fusion trainer Mick said the event was both enlightening and rewarding.

“We were able to assist these families and help with cutting felled-trees as part of the clean-up,” he said.