Drought Response

Drought initiative making a difference at a grassroots level

Community College drought initiativeMaking connections within our community helps us all feel supported, especially during this time of drought, so during Term 4, the Moree Community College Northern Inland and Moree Ag Supplies teamed up to offer eligible drought-affected farmers the opportunity to learn to weld free of charge.

Community College Tutor Peter Koschmann taught three courses during Term 4 – two beginner courses; one over a six week period (one evening per week) and weekend course, as well as a ‘weld your own project’ course for those who already have skills using manual metal and gas metal arc welders.

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

"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.

Moree Ag Supplies owner Scott Antees explained that donating the steel for the weekend welding class directly supported the drought initiative by the Community College.

“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,” said Mr Antees.

Moree Community College welding classes begin 19 February 2019. Enrolments are open now.
Photograph (l-r) Moree Community College’s Welding Tutor Peter Koschmann 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.