Students learn from craftsmen

Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder is pictured with students Kathryn Wood and Travis Willsher and junior program co-ordinator Norm Griffiths.

COLAC Trinity College student Kathryn Wood is living up to her surname by building her woodworking skills.

Kathryn is one of three students who are learning from Colac craftsmen at the Colac Woodturners and Woodcrafters Guild’s junior program.

“I have made three pens, a chopping board, a lazy susan and we’re working on a table,” she said.

Her brother James, a Year 11 student, is also in the class.

Colac Secondary College Year Nine student Travis Willsher is another student in the Thursday afternoon class.

“I’ve just always liked wood and wanted to be a builder,” Travis said.

Program co-ordinator Norm Griffiths said the students received one-on-one help from the woodworkers.

“The program has three students at this stage, there seems to be a strong interest in it,” Mr Griffiths said.

“We probably will be able to expand it,” he said.

The woodworking class is at the former Colac High School site, which is the subject of a consultant’s master-plan for Colac Otway Shire Council.

Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder visited the students to confirm his commitment to the guild maintaining its home at the high school.

Mr Mulder has suggested he also wants an emergency services hub at the site.

“We’ve put in an awful lot of work through my office to get them in here and they’ve done a great job on the building, and the fact that it actually sits out to a wing at the side and we’ve got such a massive amount of land,” Mr Mulder said about the woodworkers.

“This is a very small footprint on that land and I couldn’t see why it couldn’t be catered for.

“I’ll keep an eye on it with the shire as they’re developing up the master plan.”

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