Rangers refusing to drive to fire cleared

FOUR wildlife rangers from Byfield, who refused to drive to Springsure to fight a grassfire, will not be disciplined.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers – who had been among the volunteers defending homes and property from the devestating bushfires in Mount Archer National Park in October – have been cleared of wrong-doing in a Department of Environment and Management investigation.

Peter Ward, the Rockhampton area organiser for the Australian Workers Union, has welcomed the decision not to punish staff who had acted heroically during the emergency.

DERM had asked the rangers to justify why they could not drive for four or five hours to Springsure to join others battling the grassfire.


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