The Tasmanian Ranger Association, with support from the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), are gearing up for a massive ranger relay - walking/biking and kayaking from Penguin in Tasmania’s north-west coast to Cockle Creek.
The relay, which is 525 kilometres and primarily through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), kicks off next month (October 9, 2021) to raise funds to purchase essential equipment for PWS’s counterparts - Forest Guards in Timor-Leste’s only National Park, Nino Konis Santana National Park.
The team are hoping to raise $25 000 so they can purchase motorcycles and basic equipment for the National Park, including backpacks and first aid kits. The Forest Guards motorcycles are currently beyond repair, with staff unable to perform their day-to-day duties to protect the National Park.
Ranger relay group Back row left to right, Jason Neasey, Eric Tierney, Brendan Moodie, Nick Clark, front row left to right Annie Leschen, Rowena Hannaford and Jane Hutchinson
For over a month, teams will be relaying through the TWWHA in areas such as the iconic Overland Track and South Coast Track with the aim to finish at Cockle Creek on November 9, 2021. The ranger relay teams will also be travelling through the Penguin Cradle Trail in the north, including legs of cycling through the Florentine Valley and kayaking down Lake Pedder.
There will also be participants on some of Tasmania’s offshore islands, including Deal Island and Macquarie Island.
Chair of the Tasmanian Ranger Association and Senior Ranger (Operations) for PWS Brendan Moodie said this relay is the first of its kind in Australia.
“The Forest Guards in Timor-Leste are doing an incredible job working with their communities to protect the Nino Konis Santana National Park. We want to give them a hand by replacing their main mode of transport and basic equipment that we take for granted,” Mr Moodie said.
“We are really looking forward to the mix of terrain we will be passing through. We are so lucky to have this globally significant wilderness on our doorstep.”
The event is in partnership with PWS, Conservation International, the Thin Green Line Foundation and the Council of Oceania Rangers Association.
To make a donation or find out more about this fundraiser visit the Tasmanian Ranger Association – Ranger Relay check out the My Cause website.