Trail job training on offer for Dwellingup residents

Local Peel residents and jobseekers 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 plan to create and maintain more than 180 km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup.

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

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will organise the course, which will run from November 18 to 22.

For more information and to apply contact steve.bennett@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.