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Idyllic Cooks Beach on the Freycinet Peninsula will become a home-away-from-home this summer for volunteer track wardens.

The Parks and Wildlife Service is on the lookout for fit and enthusiastic couples and individuals to join its remote-location team.

Rostered on fortnightly shifts from December to April at a PWS purpose-built camp, the volunteers will focus on visitor safety and information.

The camp is strategically based towards the southern end of Freycinet Peninsula where track wardens can access the remote but spectacular peaks of Mt Freycinet and Mt Graham, Hazards Beach and Wineglass Bay.

Freycinet ranger Fiona Everts said the track warden program was a great way for people to give a little something back to one Tasmania’s most treasured icons – Freycinet National Park, while working and living in one of the world’s most scenic places.

“Volunteer track wardens may be called on to provide first aid, helpful information on weather and walking tracks, or to identify some of the area’s heritage, geology, plants and animals,” Fiona said. 

“They will promote sustainable recreational conduct like maintaining Freycinet’s ‘Fuel Stove Only status’ and Leave No Trace principles.” 

The wardens will act as the PWS eyes and ears on the peninsula and, in a bushfire, rescue or with emergency situation, provide advice and assistance to visitors to help them stay safe.

While they need to be self sufficient and think on their feet, the Freycinet Field Centre is only a phone call away and a compulsory daily phone check ensures that safety of the volunteers is paramount.

Wardens are required to do light maintenance duties, including some track work, weeding, basic servicing of the peninsula’s remote composting toilets, recording statistics and monitoring historic heritage sites. 

“At the end of the working day, track wardens can return to comfort of their cosy campsite for a swim, a hot meal, a hot shower, a fish or a paddle,” Fiona said. “A camera and a good book are essential!”

For more information about the Track Warden Program, contact Fiona Everts on 6256 7011 or 0457 758 232 or Fiona.Everts@parks.tas.gov.au

Paradise peninsula seeking volunteer track wardens

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