May 4, 2015
Paul Lawless-Pyne is taking a giant leap in the name of cancer.
He is getting his distinguished red, grey and silver locks, and his world-famous beard, shaved off to raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council.
The QRA will be making a donation for the gesture, and we ask that all members help the Rockhampton team (see below) reach their fund-raising target by making a donation.
Paul Lawless-Pyne’s beard — and 29 years of service in QPWS.
This year Paul Lawless-Pyne, alis PLP, has decided to shave his beard and hair to support our Rockhampton Office Relay for Life team ‘Herbie’s Heroes’, and to raise funds for the Qld Cancer Council. We would like to raise $5,000 towards this venture and will need your donations to do this.
The link that will take you to the Herbie’s Heroes website where you can donate towards this event is here. When donating could you please add in the message column — ‘PLP’s Shave’.
Paul married his wife Jessica in 1974, 41 years ago, and just after their wedding he decided to grow his beard, and hence has never shaved since. He has had many trims along the way, which is one of the reasons he has always been renowned for his neat and tidy appearance and bushman dress style.
Paul and Jessica’s adult children have never seen their father without a beard, and would not know what he looks like under that “scrub”.
A little on the history of Paul’s 29 years with QPWS:
Paul started with this agency in June 1986 as a Ranger in Charge of Springsure area. After 10 years in Springsure he transferred to Carnarvon Gorge in July 1996 as Ranger in Charge there. Four years later Paul transferred again to the Roma area as Senior Ranger, and then two years after that in 2002, he moved up to Rockhampton as a Project Officer, and is now Senior Ranger for Rockhampton Central Region’s Projects Officer for Pests Management.
Paul’s passion for parks is evident in his dedication and commitment to park management and in his support for ranger staff. He has a huge practical knowledge of the Carnarvon National Park and Springsure area, along with Central Queensland areas such as Blackdown Tablelands Nation Park, Kroombit Tops National Park, Goodedulla National Park and Epping Forest Scientific National Park. He also has a great relationship with the Indigenous groups of many of these areas, which he has been built up over many years. Paul has used this knowledge and these relationships to improve the management of parks and involvement of traditional owners in management of the area.
Paul has been involved in the Queensland Rangers Association (QRA) since it first started and is currently QRA Regional Rep for Central Region. He was also the International Rangers Federation (IRF) Rep for Australasian & Oceania from 2004 to 2007 and attended the IRF conference in Stirling, Scotland in 2006. Prior to that, he was 1 of 3 persons to represent the QRA at the 2003 IRF conference at Wilsons Promontory Victoria.
In 2008 Paul was awarded with an Australia Day Achievement Award for his outstanding commitment to supporting rangers and improving their conditions as well as to the management of QPWS estate. He is most deserving of this award.