Not the aver­age mum’s day gift

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ARE you rack­ing your brain try­ing to find a unique gift to give to your mum this Mother’s Day?

While it might not be a tra­di­tional present, a chainsaw course for your mod­ern-day mum could be the an­swer.

Elise Cot­tam, Aus­tralia’s first fe­male na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited chainsaw in­struc­tor, runs the cour­ses through her busi­ness, Elise Cot­tam Ru­ral Train­ing.

While it is typ­i­cally a male-dom­i­nated ac­tiv­ity, the ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor be­lieves all women should learn how to safely use a chainsaw.

“If you get a storm that comes through, and hubby’s not home, and you need to get a branch out of the way so you can get the kids to hospi­tal or get emer­gency ser­vices in, you need to be able to as­sist yourself and do it safely,” Mrs Cot­tam said.

She said while us­ing a chainsaw might be in­tim­i­dat­ing for some people, it’s safe when the proper tech­niques are ad­hered to.

“They make a lot of noise, and noise is mostly the thing that scares people, es­pe­cially women, but the only thing that can hurt you is you,” she said.

“The course takes you through the me­chan­ics of the ma­chine – how and why it works, the dan­gers, as well as per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, and stance ... how to hold it, where to hold it, and what cuts to use as well,” she said.

As a trib­ute to moth­ers and stay-at-home dads, Mrs Cot­tam is of­fer­ing the na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited cour­ses at a spe­cial rate.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact her on 0427 251 697 or jon­lisec@big­pond.com.

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

SAFETY FIRST: Elise Cot­tam is run­ning na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited cour­ses to show people how to safely use chain­saws.

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