Care­taker wanted

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

ANY­ONE will­ing to give up six months of their time and work for free to man­age the beau­ti­ful Noah Beach camp­site is be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for a vol­un­teer care­taker po­si­tion.

Just 50m from the beach and un­derneath the for­est canopy, the site is a pop­u­lar spot for tourists look­ing to ex­plore the Dain­tree.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will camp for free at the site from the end of May to Novem­ber in re­turn for be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral main­te­nance of the fa­cil­i­ties and keep­ing the camp­ground look­ing good.

National Parks Min­is­ter Steve Dick­son said the Friends of Parks ini­tia­tive was aimed at en­hanc­ing vol­un­teer­ing in national parks across Queens­land.

‘‘The Friends of Parks ini­tia­tive is an LNP elec­tion com­mit­ment de­signed to boost and im­prove vol­un­teer­ing in Queens­lands parks and forests, help­ing the thou­sands of not-for-profit com­mu­nity groups, recre­ation and en­vi­ron­men­tal bod­ies who have been in­volved in dif­fer­ent pro­grams across the state in for­mal ways for many decades,’’ he said.

‘‘The sea­sonal camp­ing host pro­ject has worked well in re­mote and is­land national parks in other parts of Queens­land for some years.

‘‘Th­ese caretakers are able to as­sist our rangers with ev­ery­day main­te­nance tasks, free­ing them up for other work.

‘‘We are look­ing for vol­un­teers who like the out­doors, en­joy meet­ing peo­ple from around the globe, and are in­ter­ested in the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Rangers will con­tinue with their vi­tal man­age­ment and main­te­nance jobs, while camp­ing hosts sim­ply join them in help­ing park vis­i­tors en­joy their stay.’’

If suc­cess­ful, the pro­gram could be ex­tended to national parks in other parts of the re­gion.

While the work is un­paid, National Parks will pro­vide an on­site in­duc­tion and a suit­able site for the vol­un­teers’ tent, trailer or van. Email pip.schroor@nprsr.qld.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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