Ipswich City Council is seeking more Honorary Park Rangers.
Expressions of interest early next month will be called next month.
Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said Council's Honorary Park Ranger Program commenced in August 1997 and had seen a total of 70 honorary park rangers inducted into the program.
Brisbane Terrace Goodna, home to Ipswich's
famous Jacarandas which straddle Richardson
Park to the north and Evan Marginson Park to the
south, where Ipswich City Council's Honorary Park
Rangers are authorised to patrol.
"The program was commenced so that honorary park rangers could patrol Ipswich parks to report vandalism and provide information on hazards and essential maintenance," Cr Tully said.
Over time, the role of the honorary park rangers has expanded and they now assist with duties at council events such as Family Fun Days, Valley Field Days, Enviroplan photographic competition, opening of Nature Centre (stage two), Active Ipswich Week and the Fit and Fuelled Kids Program.
"The rangers have made a tremendous contribution to the city over the past eleven years."
Cr Tully said three resignations in the past twelve months owing to work commitments and health reasons had reduced the number of honorary park rangers to 49.
"In the last year, honorary park rangers have spent over 1,000 hours observing and reporting information to council and assisting at council events.
"We now need more people in the ranks which has prompted the call for expressions of interest commencing 7 July 2008."
Ipswich Council will undertake an information evening on July 24 to inform interested residents of the role of honorary park rangers.
Applications close on August 14 and an induction evening for new members will be held on 11 September 2008.
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