NSW TAFE recently conducted field training at Greater Monaro Electrical Construction and Management’s (GM ECM) Polo Flat site in Cooma over three days beginning on 27 May. The training was centred around farm fencing techniques to assist community members affected by the bush fires.

The initiative was led by Robert Harris and John Hawkins, both of South Region Primary Industries Centre, TAFE, NSW. The training was designed to develop skills and knowledge in the erection of both conventional and electric fences using manual and mechanical methods. The objective was that by the end of the course the participants could return to their own properties to confidently start the process of fixing and maintaining their own fences.

Fiona Suthern of GM ECM was initially contacted through Gordan Litchfield of Gordon Lichfield Wool and was happy to assist NSW TAFE and the local community by providing a large, open space where the training could be conducted. The training was well received and successfully equipped students with the skills and know-how required to carry out farm fencing. The initiative was an excellent example of collaboration between local business and government to give something back to the rural communities affected by fire. Another 3-day training course is scheduled for 24 to 26 June.