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Activity teacher notes 3.10

3.10 Issues in Australian parks

Levels: UP, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: English/literacy
Key concepts: Ethics/morality, laws, problem solving

manning the crisis centre

Understanding goals

Students develop an understanding of management issues in Australian parks.


Land managers in Australia face many issues where people are breaking the law:

  • Poaching native birds and animals for trading (e.g. crocodiles, snakes, tropical birds, Tasmanian devils, shearwaters)
  • Arson (illegally lighting bushfires)
  • Stealing timber for firewood
  • Stealing specialty craft wood (e.g. huon pine)
  • Stealing plants to sell
  • Dumping kittens in bushland
  • Harming wildlife
  • Walking dogs in ‘no dog’ protected areas
  • Driving four-wheel vehicles off the roads and tracks

1. a) In pairs choose one of the problems above and list all the reasons why you think it is not allowed.

b) Create a role-play where one of you is the ranger and one the person committing the offence. The ranger should listen to the person who has been caught. The ranger then provides a convincing discussion that leaves the offender knowing why it is against the law, and not wanting to do it again.

c) Share your role-play in front of the rest of the class.

2. What are some of the ways we can let people know they are on protected land?

3. What are some of the ways we can let people know what is legal and what is illegal to do with native wildlife?

4. Discuss this statement in groups – People should be able to do what ever they want on public land.

5. Visit some local public land. Can you identify some of the problems that the land managers have to deal with? Can you think of ways to help solve the problems?

Related activity

Issues in Australian parks – the local picture – can be compared and contrasted with those in parks of other countries in Activity 3.11 - A global picture.