Free welding courses for drought-affected farmers sparks a community connection

MAKING connections within the community helps everyone feel supported, especially during times of drought.

With this in mind, Moree Community College teamed up with Moree Ag Supplies during Term 4 to offer eligible, drought-affected farmers an opportunity to learn how to weld, free of charge.

Community College tutor Peter Koschmann taught three courses, consisting of two beginner courses – one over a six-week period one evening per week and a weekend course.

There was also as a ‘weld your own project’ course for those already skilled in using manual metal and gas metal arc welders.

“Every class was full with a waiting list,” Mr Koschmann said. 

Moree Community College’s Welding Tutor Peter Koschmann (left) and Campus Coordinator Catherine Davis thank Scott Antees from Moree Ag Supplies for his support of the weekend welding class which was especially aimed at drought-affected community members.

“It was a great pleasure to teach people how to weld and to watch them connect with each other in a relaxed learning environment. 

“The Community College’s drought initiative for people off the land and drought-affected small business operators has really made a difference at a grassroots level, and the college is very grateful for the support from Moree Ag Supplies in supplying all the steel for the welding class,” he said.

Moree Ag Supplies proprietor Scott Antees said that donating steel for the welding class directly supported Moree Community College’s drought initiative.

“As a community, we are all here to support each other in whatever way we can, so when Peter approached me to help with some of the costs of the welding class, I thought it was a great opportunity to help the people in our community,” Mr Antees said.

The Term 1, 2019 Course Guide for the Community College Northern Inland will be available in mid-January.

Moree Community College welding classes begin February 19 and enrolments are now open on the website

There are also details of other classes available.

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