Issue 3
Monday, 30 April 2018
Charles Darwin University
Horticulture lecturer Robyn Wing
Horticulture lecturer Robyn Wing

Darwinites hone chainsaw skills

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University’s weekend chainsaw workshops have proven so popular that another round of training opportunities is being planned for the Dry.

Forced to contend with thousands of felled or dangerous trees in the aftermath of Cyclone Marcus, Darwinites filled classes each weekend this month to hone their chainsaw skills.

Horticulture lecturer Robyn Wing said the courses were in response to an urgent community need.

“As soon as we became aware that a lot of people were experiencing “chainsaw problems” in the wake of the cyclone, we put out a call for expressions of interest in chainsaw training,” Ms Wing said.

“We ran a two-day basic training course at Easter designed to build user confidence in safely operating small or medium chainsaws.

“With demand remaining high, we ran the course twice more and now we’re taking expressions of interest for a further three courses in the Dry season, when it is cooler.”

Ms Wing said participants would learn how to operate a chainsaw safely, how to sharpen it, how to cross cut felled trees and about compression and tension cuts.

“We plan to run weekend courses on maintaining and fixing mowers, whipper snippers and other garden machinery, and a handy course on how to prune trees and shrubs.”

 “These weekend courses will be around the $100 range, to keep it affordable.”

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