Arklow Mountain Bike Trail
Arklow Mountain Bike Trail
  • Collie and Dwellingup residents encouraged to sign up to learn trail construction skills
  • Participants who complete the week-long course will be 'job-ready' and able to apply for future trails construction jobs
  • Trails construction course is part of State Government's plan to create more than 180km of trails in Collie and Dwellingup¬†

The State Government is conducting a week-long course for up to 20 Collie and Dwellingup residents to help them develop the skills to find a job in the local trails industry.

The training initiative is part of the Government's broader $10 million plan to create and maintain more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup.

The five-day Job Ready Trail Construction Training pilot project will be held from November 18-22 at Roche Park Recreation Centre in Collie, and on nearby land managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Participants will be taught a range of practical trail building skills to help them become job-ready and able to apply for future entry level trail construction jobs.

The course will cover subjects such as sustainable trail principles, trail features, dieback awareness, stonework, and practical trail construction techniques.

Throughout the five-day course, participants will have the opportunity to interact with potential employers to maximise their chances of employment.

The course is being organised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and DBCA. For more information and to apply, contact steve.bennett@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"I encourage anyone who is looking for local employment to apply to take part in this job-ready course and learn the necessary skills.

"Getting a job in trail building could be a terrific starting point for someone looking to get into the workforce, gain some experience, and perhaps move onto further employment or education.

"The State Government is progressing significant trail construction projects in Collie and Dwellingup that will take several years to complete. This will create jobs in trail construction in both communities.

"With our trails strategy, we want to not only attract visitors from around the world, but also create jobs and support the local economy."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Mountain biking and bushwalking provide great opportunities for people to experience our parks and natural areas.

"The training course has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge to prepare participants for employment in trail construction.

"By creating new trails, we are encouraging a new generation of locals and visitors to get active and enjoy Western Australia's natural environment."

Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400

Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800

Page reviewed 10 Oct 2019