26 September 2023

Rangers train strangers on the range

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The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has begun training 26 new rangers and field officers to help with bushfire recovery work.

The trainees come from the Jobs for Canberrans fund and are set to begin work in two weeks.

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mick Gentleman said the Jobs for Canberrans fund provided employment for up to six months.

“We had 500 people apply for the 26 positions and we are pleased to offer these positions to a diverse group of people,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Six Ngunnawal rangers have been appointed to join the bushfire recovery team, particularly to Care for Country aiding in the recovery of our natural and cultural heritage after the bushfire this year,” he said.

“Their work will also benefit from approximately $1 million of fast-track project funding to deliver critical bushfire recovery and other works in our reserves.”

Mr Gentleman said the new rangers and field officers would undertake trail maintenance, repair fences along the boundary of Namadgi National Park and catchment restoration in the Lower Cotter Catchment.

He said the Jobs for Canberrans fund would help the Territory recover from the disaster of the bushfire in Namadgi National Park and ease economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 health emergency.

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