We acknowledge the Wiilman people of the Noongar nation as the Traditional Owners of the land through which these trails pass.
Local residents and job seekers are being given the opportunity to diversify their skills into the trail construction industry.
The State Government is conducting a course for up to 20 Collie and Dwellingup residents to help them develop their skills to find a job in the local booming trails industry.
The five-day Job Ready Trail Construction Training pilot project will teach participants a range of practical trail building skills to help them become job ready for future entry level trail construction positions.
Environmental Minister Stephen Dawson said mountain biking and bushwalking provided great opportunities for people to experience the region’s parks and natural areas.
“The training course has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge to prepare participants for employment in trail construction,” he said.
“By creating new trails, we are encouraging a new generation of locals and visitors to get active and enjoy Western Australia’s natural environment.”
The training initiative is part of the Government’s broader $10 million Collie Adventure Trails project to create and maintain more than 180 km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails around Collie, and the complementary Dwellingup Adventure Trails project which will also see additional 50+km of mountain bike trail constructed.
The course will cover subjects such as sustainable trail principles, Dieback awareness, risk management, and practical trail construction techniques including technical trail features, stonework and drainage.
Large trail construction contracts will be called over the next few years as part of the Collie and Dwellingup projects, and this training course will provide individuals with basic trail construction knowledge and skills to assist them gaining employment in future works.
The course will be assessed and if successful, more courses may be rolled out in other locations.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have organised the course, which will run from November 18 to 22, 2019.
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