Byfield rangers get new home
BYFIELD wildlife ranger Frank Mills was introduced into a strange environment yesterday.
And it had nothing to do with the great outdoors.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger-in-charge and his six colleagues have moved from a 1950s wooden building to a new, energy-efficient office in the Byfield Forest.
It was officially opened yesterday.
The new $450,000 government-funded office was designed to be environmentally sustainable, with big windows to allow natural light and large roof overhangs to protect the walls from the sun.
Solar hot water, insulation and energy-efficient light fixtures were also installed.
The building has a kitchen, toilets, and a meeting room and office space.
Mr Mills said the new office was twice the size of the old building and was environmentally suitable for the area.
“It will allow us to provide a better service, with space for us to grow,” Mr Mills said.
“It's great to have a new purpose-built facility so we can improve what we do and the rangers can come to work and feel good about what they are doing.”
Mr Mills said rangers looked after parks, camping and picnic areas in Byfield and Yeppoon and now had the capability to co-ordinate incidents such as large fires from the office.
“We didn't have that capability in the old building,” he said.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are working on some new projects, including the upgrade of camping facilities on Nine Mile Beach and have plans to develop the state forest.
The old Queensland Parks and Wildlife office will be given to the Byfield Historical Society.