Forestry careers explored

WHAT'S ON OFFER: Students got a first hand look at what jobs are available. Picture: Supplied

The opportunities available in the forest industry have been highlighted to students in South-West Victoria.

180 students from Casterton, Hamilton and Portland descended on the Casterton Racecourse earlier this month to explore forestry career opportunities in the Green Triangle.

Students witnessed an up-close waterbombing from the Green Triangle Fire Alliance’s helicopter, which has been based in Casterton over the summer.

On display were some of OneFortyOne’s and timberlands Pacific firefighting trucks and students also travelled out to a clearfell operation, being conducted by Merrett’s Logging.

There they witnessed the operation up close, showcasing some of the impressive equipment that is used across plantations in the Green Triangle – a single-grip harvester, forwarder, loader and B-Double.

Students heard first hand from a team of experienced operators about the nature of work in the industry and the vast range of opportunities available to people working in the industry.

Hub General Manager, Tony Wright said it was important to showcase some of the career opportunities.

“The Forest Industry is international and there are many exciting opportunities from professional, business, all aspects of STEM, operations and advanced machine processing,” he said.