More park rangers

What we’re doing

A Marshall Liberal Government will increase the number of park rangers by 20 – a boost of more than 20%.

We will also:

  • develop a volunteer ranger program, with an aim to have 100 volunteer rangers in the field within the first four years of a Liberal Government
  • provide specific career pathways for indigenous rangers, recognising the unique relationship that many indigenous South Australians have with the land
  • employ five coast specific rangers (within the 20 new rangers) who will play an important role in establishing environmental programs and projects to protect the coast
  • establish a ranger service in southern Adelaide, based at the Glenthorne National Park to be created by a Liberal Government as our second metropolitan national park.

Why we’re doing it

Park rangers are at the forefront of conservation in South Australia.

Rangers have been trusted by South Australians and visitors to our state over generations and play a valuable role in managing our parks and caring for wildlife.

They build partnerships with community groups and provide leadership for programs and projects which in turn can lead to more volunteer hours and financial support from community organisations being invested in our parks.

Despite this, the Weatherill Government has slashed the number of park rangers to under 100, leaving our national and conservation parks open to a range of problems.

That’s why we will invest in increasing the number of park rangers.