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Seasonal rangers Toby Stringer and Shannon Hurley

Seasonal rangers Toby Stringer and Shannon Hurley

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Seasonal rangers sign on along the Bellarine Peninsula

Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Parks Victoria’s new crew of seasonal rangers is heading out to parks around the state to help out during its busiest season. The team of 38 rangers includes 11 marine specialists who will be based at various coastal parks and reserves to help with summer visitor programs.

Shannon Hurley and Toby Stringer have begun their duties at Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and Bellarine Peninsula Reserves.

Toby Stringer is helping the team who manage the Bellarine Peninsula’s parks and reserves. His role will include park maintenance activities and community education.

Toby finished his Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at the Gordon TAFE in 2012, and completed a term as a marine summer ranger in Williamstown last summer.

“I’m really looking forward to being involved again this year, learning new skills and gaining experience through the diverse range of tasks that my team leader, Stuart Willsher is organising for me,” said Toby.

“As an Ocean Grove resident, it’s also great to be working in an area that I know relatively well and a good opportunity to discover new aspects of the Bellarine Peninsula,” he said.

Shannon Hurley’s main role will be running marine interpretation and education activities throughout summer for visitors to Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary. Other activities will include helping to survey and monitor for pest animals such as the Northern Pacific Sea Star.

Shannon has also had experience as she previously worked as a marine summer ranger at Wilsons Promontory National Park. She has also spent two years working as a scuba diving instructor, exploring the diverse and unique marine life that exists in the area.

“I’m looking forward to interacting with visitors this summer to ‘share the love’ for these extraordinary places,” she said.

Stuart Willsher, Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader and Stephen Tuohy, Marine Ranger, agree that having extra help is a bonus at this time of year.

“It means that we can provide high quality services and experiences for locals and for the large number of visitors who come to enjoy the Bellarine Peninsula’s parks and reserves and the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary over summer,” said Mr Tuohy.

“Seasonal rangers also benefit from their summer stint with Parks Victoria by learning practical and management skills through a wide range of projects. For those aspiring to become full time rangers it’s also a great hands on and fun experience,” he said.



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