Michelle Lensink

Parks Week

A question put forward to the Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) regarding Park Rangers.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (15:10): How many park rangers do we have at the moment?

The Hon. G.E. Gago: Why aren't you out there counting them?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) (15:11): Yes, I should know. The honourable member says I should know in my head the number of park rangers on the payroll today.

The Hon. G.E. Gago interjecting:

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER: And as the honourable member says, perhaps the number of four-wheel drives, too. I undertake to find out those answers and bring them back for the honourable member.

19 June 2013

In reply to the Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (21 March 2013).

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation): I have received this advice:

As at 23 April 2013, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) employed 88 park rangers across the state. The figure includes the additional twenty park ranger positions that were created and funded as part of a state government election commitment in 2006.

In addition, I undertook to provide the number of four wheel drives used by DEWNR.

I understand that as at the end of March 2013 the total number of four wheel drives was 413.

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