A program designed to help women build independence is being piloted in the Macedon Ranges.
As part of Women’s Chainsaw Club, up to 10 women will next month have the opportunity to develop skills in chainsaw use, safety, design, carving and emergency preparedness.
The Macedon Ranges initiative is a collaboration of Macedon Ranges council, Lancefield Neighbourhood House and Benloch CFA, with funding from the CFA Summer Local Initiatives Grant Program.
Macedon Ranges mayor Jennifer Anderson said she was proud the council was involved.
“Knowing how to handle a chainsaw has historically been a skill associated with men, so it’s great to be able to challenge this stereotype,” Cr Anderson said. “This program is open to all women in the areas of Lancefield, Benloch and Cobaw, with preference given to women in higher fire risk areas, single parent families, women in isolation and those experiencing financial hardship.”
The design and sculpting components of the training will be run by founder of all-female chainsaw group Chainsaw Chix, Angie Polglaze.
The first accredited trim and crosscut chainsaw safety and handling course is being held on Friday, March 23.
To apply for the program visit lancefield.org.au/chainsaw-club.