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Extra park rangers ready to meet and greet Gold Coast Commonwealth Games visitors

Extra park rangers ready to meet and greet Gold Coast Commonwealth Games visitors
March 27, 2018

Queensland’s national parks around the Gold Coast region will be ready for an influx of visitors during the Commonwealth Games, with extra rangers being deployed to help cater for larger crowds.

Queensland Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch today announced that extra rangers would be positioned along popular walking tracks and at lookouts, campgrounds and visitor centres at key Gold Coast national parks to assist with visitor safety and help ensure park protection.

Minister Enoch advised “we expect April to be a very busy time for our Gold Coast park rangers due to the increase in visitors to the area as a result of the Commonwealth Games.

“Because of this, we are ensuring additional rangers will be available at parks that are within two hours’ drive of the Commonwealth Games Stadium, including Springbrook, Lamington, Tamborine and Burleigh Head national parks.

“We will be increasing rostered ranger patrols on weekends to all our popular parks, rangers will be patrolling more during the week as well, and we will be able to bring in some rangers from other areas for the two weeks of the Games.

“Our Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are keen ambassadors for our unique national parks, particularly those within the Gondwana Rainforests of the Australia World Heritage Area along the Queensland/New South Wales border.”

Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development and the Kate Jones said the Commonwealth Games was an ideal time to showcase Queensland to the world.

Minister Jones added “this will be the largest event in Queensland’s history - it only makes sense that we do everything possible to ensure visitors during the Games have access to explore our natural assets while they’re here.

“Visitors to our great state are looking for unique experiences and our national parks offer just that.”

 “This will give visitors greater opportunities to catch up and speak with our rangers, as there are no better people to learn from and gain a full appreciation of what our national parks have to offer.

“It’s great news for local, national and international visitors that may have a limited amount of time to spend at our national parks, but still want an opportunity to visit and enjoy them.

“Our visitors can look for park rangers with ‘Ask Me’ badges to obtain excellent local knowledge about each particular park.”

The National Parks Association of Queensland has thrown their support behind the initiative, with Association President Graeme Bartrim concluding “it’s great to see the outstanding values of our Queensland parks promoted.”

Image: Path in Burleigh Heads National Park.

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