DPAW Rangers WA

Submitted: Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 13:34
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Good morning folks,

Just wanted to give some praise to the DPAW Rangers that look after our National Parks in WA. We were down in Margaret River last weekend camping in Boranup forest and in my haste to leave Perth to beat the Anzac day long weekend traffic on Thursday afternoon I forgot to fill up my 45 litre water tank. I figured I would get some in Margaret River but by the time I got down there in the evening everything was closed and all the taps around the servos didn't have taps on them. I spoke to the ranger that came through the campground in the morning and he gave me directions to his property and his wife came out and let me fill up directly from their rainwater supply. Hugely appreciated. We have also had similar experiences with the rangers in the Fitzgerald River NP and D'entrecasteux NP. Always keen to help and give advice. I certainly never begrudge paying my yearly parks pass and camping fees as these folks do a great job!

Craig

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Reply By: disco driver - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 14:53

Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 14:53
The DPaW rangers and others also did a great job up in Exmouth in the days after the 250mm of rain last week, in evacuating campers from Cape Range NP and the coastal campsites.

It's a change for them to be appreciated.

Disco.
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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:35

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:35
hi cruiser, great to see this. too often people are happy to grumble about the 'policing' the rules aspect of rangers. - praise or thanks is seldom seen. good move to put it into public forum as well. they would have a harder job these days with closure of a lot of popular areas to camping or 4x4 , such as up near Two Rocks and Wedge Isl. ( WA) they have to run around and tell people to move on. this happened to me once late at night after we had set up (a few yrs ago.)
MG.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:47

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:47
Thanks Mike,

Yes, when we got chatting I asked what the worst part of the job was (as the best part is pretty obvious!) and he told me drunk people and dishonest people. People that try to get away without paying camping fees, he has heard every excuse in the book. I can't imagine having to deal with a bunch of drunk bogans at a campsite causing a nuisance. At least if you are a copper you can taser them! A ranger doesn't have much power to do anything and at times would feel threatened and outnumbered by these twits. Still, most of the time it would be a very rewarding job.
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