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Lorne Ranger retires after 35 years

Friday 19 May, 2017

It was one of those pivotal moments. Back in 1982, 30 year old Sam Griffiths needed a job and took on a temporary role as a summer crew ranger. It wasn’t long before he realised he loved working in the outdoors and felt inspired by the dedication of his crew. 35 years later, he is finally hanging up the steel caps and high-vis gear.

Major projects in which he has been involved include redeveloping Sheoak Picnic area, Big Hill campground and the high-profile Erskine Falls visitor area, constructing lookouts and walking tracks.  He has maintained kilometres of walking tracks and hundreds of park facilities around Lorne.

Sam has fought fires at several major bushfires around the state including Ash Wednesday, Alpine fires, Black Saturday and the Wye River Christmas fires as a crew leader and sector commander.

Sam is looking forward to travelling with his family. He has three adult children, one grandchild, and with his wife Lorraine has fostered disadvantaged kids for the past twelve years.  Sam and Lorraine have adopted two of their foster kids, now aged 9 and 11. He has lived in Lorne his entire life.

The following quotes can be attributed to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Michelle Anstee:

“Sam has mentored and guided numerous younger staff - including myself - and has willingly provided his knowledge. Sam Griffiths is an exceptional role model, a really wonderful, genuine person and will be remembered with respect and fondness by everyone who has worked with him.”

“There is little that Sam doesn’t know about the Great Otway National Park. His experience and knowledge of the area will be missed enormously.”  

“Sam has been a major contributor in improving visitor facilities and experiences within the Lorne area of the Great Otway National Park.”

The following quotes can be attributed to Sam Griffiths:

“I’ve loved this job and especially my work colleagues with their passion, commitment and comradery.”

“I can definitely recommend visiting the Great Otway National Park and exploring some of the lesser known locations of the park. Every visit offers something different. Just get out there and go exploring.”

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