It’s World ranger Day…and Queensland is tipping its hat to our boys and girls who have toiled hard over the past 12 months.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles says today is an opportunity to acknowledge the tireless efforts of rangers and to extend a big thank you for their efforts in the wake of Cyclone Debbie and weather events.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our rangers, 216 of the 223 impacted parks and forests are now open and seven are partially open to visitors which is an incredible achievement.”
He adds that all their work however needs to come into focus today.
“Managing fires, weeds and feral animals can be tough, dirty and physically demanding work at the best of times.”
QPWS will expand its ranger frontline by recruiting 31 new rangers over the next four years who will join the ranks working to keep our diverse estate of 1,047 parks, forests and marine parks looking beautiful for the rest of us to enjoy.
The Environment Minister also announced an expansion of the national parks protected estate.
“I am also pleased to announce on World Ranger Day that three new nature refuges have also been declared, thanks to landholders signing agreements with the Government.”
The new nature refuges are:
– Bosel’s Nature Refuge, about 201 hectares north-west of Proserpine;
– Sandy Falls Nature Refuge about 4899 hectares, south-west of Proserpine;
– and Kings Plains–Alkoomie Nature Refuge, an area of about 86295 hectares, south-west of Cooktown.