Government supports a range of fee-free vocational courses for communities recovering from bushfires

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced that the NSW Government has further extended its support to communities in the Monaro recovering from bushfires, with a range of fee-free vocational education courses.

It comes after an overwhelming response to the suite of courses which was announced for the South Coast in March.

Mr Barilaro said the bushfires over summer had a devastating impact in many parts of the Monaro and this extra support is very welcome.

"A number of communities across the Monaro were impacted by the fires and these fee-free courses are an important step in the recovery," Mr Barilaro said.

The courses on offer at Cooma TAFE include Operate Forklift, First Aid and Fencing. A Chainsaw and Fell Trees course is being run by Krawarree Risk, Response and Rescue and a Fencing course in Wog Wog with Local Employment & Training Services.

Enrolment dates on all courses end soon.

"By offering fee-free courses including fencing, licence to operate a forklift and first aid we are ensuring locals have the skills they need to repair and rebuild critical infrastructure like houses and businesses."

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said more than 500 people enrolled in the fee-free courses in the South Coast announced in March.

"The NSW Government is not only committed to supporting industries and communities in need of more skilled workers to rebuild communities but also to support displaced workers or businesses severely impacted by the bushfires by funding various training courses," Mr Lee said.

The training will be delivered across NSW by TAFE NSW and other Registered Training Organisations.

For more information about the range of fee-free courses available to bushfire affected communities, visit or call 13 28 11.