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World Ranger Day Thanks

Wednesday 31 July, 2013

The great work done by rangers around the world to protect native animals, plants and environments is celebrated every year on July 31st, World Ranger Day. It’s an opportunity for Parks Victoria to recognise and thank it’s rangers for the great effort they make in caring for our parks and reserves.

One Buchan Reserve ranger who is outstanding for his efforts is Danny Mitton, who’s had a long personal connection with the caves. Back in the 1970’s Danny’s father was the senior cave guide, and Danny started work as a casual guide. Then followed a thirty year career in the diamond mining industry, including twelve years in many different countries.

About five years ago Danny returned and became a permanent local resident, and later took up work as a casual ranger again at Buchan.

Danny’s contribution to the Buchan Caves operation over the past three years has been outstanding says Ranger in Charge Dale Calnin. “He’s a real worker, rolls the sleeves up and gets things done, and done right. He just gets on with the job.”

One of the things he’s been involved in is the construction of a new walking track to the cave entrance, which has redirected many people off the main vehicle road. He also supervised and worked on renewing the Spring Creek Walking Track up to the waterfall, which is now in great condition as a result.

Away from his Buchan duties Danny also looks after a number nature conservation reserves in the Buchan area as well as some visitor areas in the Snowy River National Park.

Danny is also passionate about having a safe work environment for both fellow staff and visitors at Buchan, and Dale says he’s been responsible for lifting the whole profile of the working environment.

“Danny’s travels and experiences in working in different countries around the world have also built our awareness of how to deal with visitors from other cultures through the insights he likes to share.

Rangers often go above and beyond the call of duty in their work, and Danny Mitton is definitely one of those,” says Dale.

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