A new ranger district has been created in Adelaide’s southern suburbs and park ranger numbers have risen by nearly 50 per cent in the past three years as the South Australian Government celebrated World Ranger Day earlier this month.
The new South Metro District will be based within Glenthorne National Park- -Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, and have six rangers servicing Shepherds Hill Recreation Park, Sturt Gorge Recreation Park, Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Onkaparinga River National Park and Onkaparinga River Recreation Park and Moana Sands Conservation Park.
The new South Metro District marks an exciting step as part of the Glenthorne Masterplan implementation and recognition of the important value of these parks to the southern suburb community for outdoor recreation and nature conservation.
The new district will also host a team of project firefighters from September to May every year, to provide extra support to the district in the lead-up to and duration of the bushfire danger season.
There are now 138 rangers employed across the state compared with just 93 under the former government in early 2018.
On top of this there are also 111 volunteer rangers now spread across seven National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) regions.