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April 11, 2017
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2017 QRA Muster

The 2017 Queensland Ranger Association Muster will be held at Magnetic Island, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July, 2017.

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As everyone who has attended a QRA muster will tell you, they are off-the-chart good and provide many great opportunities to mingle with rangers from across the state, talk to departmental executives, enjoy presentations from a wide range of speakers and catch up with our wonderful QRA sponsors.

The Maggy Muster is shaping up to be the best ever, so don’t miss your opportunity to get together with like-minded people in a stunningly beautiful place. Jo Petersen has promised to post lots of photo’s of Maggy Island’s scenic locations, things to do, places to go, as well as updates of the many Muster presentations on our Facebook page. Facebook is an excellent platform for QRA members to exchange information, photos and questions and we are looking to use it extensively for this year’s muster. So, if you haven’t already joined the QRA Facebook site, please think about it  — to join just go to Facebook, type in QRA and hit the request to join button.

We have some more great news about the Maggy Island Muster. Most QRA members would know that Gough Plastic’s have been a QRA sponsor pretty much since our inception. It has been a partnership that we are particularly proud of as the quality and durability of their products are second to none and their ability to tailor make new products to suit our particular business needs has led to many cost and time-saving innovations. As soon as Gough heard that this year’s muster was going to be in their home town of Townsville they confirmed that they will be our Platinum Sponsor for the Maggy Muster — and then they threw in a guided tour of their factory for muster attendees.

Gough Plastics

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March 4, 2016
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2016 QRA Muster

The 2016 Queensland Rangers’ Association Muster will be held at Bunya Mountains National Park, from Tuesday July 19 to Thursday July 21, 2016

Bunya Mountains National Park

We are proud to invite everyone to Bunya Mountains National Park. This is one of the iconic parks in Queensland, a place steeped with tradition, culture and history. The venue is almost completely surrounded by the park, and is just metres from the walking track entrance to make it easy to get out and experience Queensland’s second oldest national park.

Come and check out the wonder of the largest stand of Bunya Pines in the world, while catching up with old friends and making new ones.

An Early Bird special is available again this year, so nominate and pay by May 27 to get full registration for only $80. All registrations after this date will be at the full rate of $100. As usual, this rate is subsidised by the QRA, and includes all accommodation, meals, presentations and unique muster gift. Payment details can be downloaded here.

The traditional use of the Bunyas as a Meeting Place, and the age-old pathways that were followed in the travels to get there, will be used as a basis for the QRA Muster’s theme this year, so come one and all and let’s make this a gathering to remember.

Keep an eye out for further updates and newsflashes.

About Bunya Mountains National Park

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October 2, 2015
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QRA goes global …

Over the next eight months, six lucky QRA members will be spreading their wings and heading overseas to further develop connections with their international counterparts, sharing stories and experiences working as a ranger in Queensland.

Cooloola Great Walk, June 2009. Razorback Ridge. Mark Dargusch.

First to pack her bags is QRA Vice-chair Jolene McLellan — heading for the Solomon Islands in October. She will be crossing the Coral Sea to be part of an historic event when 30 Solomon Island rangers from the nine different provinces in the Solomon Islands will meet for the very first time.

Her mission, in conjunction with the University of Queensland, The Thin Green Line Foundation and Global Leadership Foundation, will be to develop connections with the Solomon rangers, helping further develop the Solomon Island Ranger Association and provide essential ranger skills training.

During May next year, QRA secretary Scott Bolden, Tim Devlin, Jules Holland and district representatives Paul Lawless-Pine and Greg Keith, will make the longer voyage attending the 8th World Rangers Congress in Estes National Park, Rocky Mountains, Colorado. They will awake to their own American Dream rubbing shoulders with over 400 rangers from 30 or more countries, including our new friends from the Solomon Islands.

During these two exciting ventures, not only will the QRA internationally showcase the fantastic work that has been done over the past two decades, but these six lucky people will have the opportunity to do what the QRA does best … rangers helping rangers!

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June 26, 2015
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Register for the Muster now!

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****  JULY 3 LAST CHANCE FOR MUSTER REGISTRATION   ****

EXCITING PROGRAM FINALISED and attached, SPONSORSHIP IS STRONG, ATTENDANCE NUMBERS ARE EXCELLENT, BUT WE NEED CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS TO ENSURE SUCCESS OF MUSTER

The west is doing it tough with the drought, so come along and support communities along the way by spending some money as you travel. Search these websites for some ideas on what to see and how to extend your stay, and see some more of this great state:

www.queensland.com/Explore-Queensland/Outback-Queensland
www.outbackqueensland.com.au/
www.facebook.com/OutbackQueensland

*****    QRA Longreach 2015 Muster, July 14-16     *****

To register transfer the full fee due into the QRA Account below. Make sure you clearly state your NAME and MUSTER in the payment description so we know who has paid.

Payments to:
QRA Suncorp Bank Account

BSB 484799
AC 026128564

Venue:
Longreach Pastoral College
10311 Landsborough Highway, Longreach

  • Linen and Towels provided.
  • Please remember that use of the QG vehicles is a privilege, and Code of Conduct applies at all times.
  • When travelling around dusk, please be aware of large numbers of kangaroos on road verges at the moment. Care needs to be taken during travel.

Download a copy of the program here –  Longreach muster program.

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June 3, 2015
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ARTISTS FOR RANGERS – Art Auction and Exhibition

You are invited to the exhibition and charity auction Artists for Rangers.

Cedar Creek Falls. Artist Jo Staunton. One of the  paintings being auctioned at the Artists for rangers event.

Cedar Creek Falls. Artist Jo Staunton. One of the paintings being auctioned at the Artists for Rangers event.

Artists for Rangers will include works by an outstanding group of Queensland artists and will feature the stunning landscapes of some of Queensland’s most picturesque National Parks. This is a rare opportunity to expand your professional and private art collections with inspiring regional works and with the added incentive that all profits are going to The Thin Green Line Foundation.

The auction will be held on Saturday 1 August 2015, starting at 6pm at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Conference Room.  

The presented works are available for viewing at Lagoons Cafe, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens in the period from 8 July to 2 August 2015.

Please RSVP by email to julianne.holland@npsr.qld.gov.au . Can’t make it to the Auction? Absentee bidding will be accepted. Contact Jo Staunton at jo.staunton@npsr.qld.gov.au

We look forward to seeing you at the auction.

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Mackay QPWS Ranger Julianne Holland at the recent Festival of the Arts opening in Mackay.

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May 21, 2015
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World Ranger Congress 2016 applications now open!

The next World Ranger Congress will be held at Estes Park, Colorado, May 21–27, 2016.

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The 8th World Ranger Congress will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, just minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park. The conference is open to members of ranger associations affiliated with the International Ranger Federation (IRF) worldwide or those working to establish ranger organisations.  North American delegates must be endorsed by their respective associations before registering, as home continent delegate numbers will be limited to assure the global flavour of the Congress. The George Wright Society will be serving as a partner with ANPR, helping to provide registration services for the World Ranger Congress.

The theme for World Ranger Congress USA will be “Connecting Parks, Rangers and Communities.”

The QRA would like to offer a very special opportunity for members to apply for sponsorship to attend the World Parks Congress 2016 in the famous Rocky Mountains, Colorado.

To apply for sponsorship, QRA candidates need to answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to go to the World Ranger Congress?
  2. How will your participation benefit you and other rangers in your area and the QRA?
  3. How would you encourage Rangers from all over the World to make better connections between Parks, Rangers, and Communities?
  4. How do you interact with people from different walks of life?

Feel free to add any further information to better promote yourself as the ideal ambassador for the QRA at this international forum for Rangers. The entries will be judged by a panel, and we hope to announce the winners at this year’s Muster in Longreach.

The QRA expects the successful candidate to commit to conducting presentations within their region and at the next QRA Muster, as well as write and contribute articles on their experiences at the World Ranger Congress for the QRA’s website, Facebook page and Ranger Rambler.

To apply, email your application to the QRA’s vice-chair Jolene McLellan (jolene.mclellan@npsr.qld.gov.au) by 26 June, 2015, and make sure you come along to the Muster for the big moment when the successful applicants to attend this momentous occasion will be announced!

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May 4, 2015
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PLP is getting shaved!

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. 

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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.