From the Park Desk

David Roberts

I hope all Friends of the Grampians Gariwerd had a wonderful, safe and rewarding Christmas period. The Grampians National Park lived up to its reputation as a great holiday destination with crowds flocking to the area and enjoying the best we can offer. The team here were kept busy servicing the facilities, responding to visitor enquiries, providing customer service and trying to manage the huge crowds particularly through the central corridor.

Over these periods we are fortunate to have 2 additional Rangers join our team to assist in the increased workload. As always, the Grampians have attracted 2 excellent Summer Rangers, Amelia Travers and Matthew White, who are invaluable over the December and January period. They work across the range of our teams functions, provide weekend capacity for customer service and business continuity during periods of extreme weather and bushfires. We thank them in advance for their tireless efforts, initiative and maturity as we rely on them to keep our park ticking at a busy time for all.

I’d also like to highlight again and thank all of the Grampians Team for their continuing professionalism and commitment to the task in the face of emerging challenges. We have very capable people across the entire team who are passionate about the park and their respective roles. I could easily talk about them all, however I’d like to focus on a few key members of the team who go about their work with minimal fuss. The Visitor Facility and maintenance team led by Stewart Davidson and ably assisted by Lockeah Sabbo, continue to provide high standard servicing across the park estate to the ensure the 1million + visitors to the region go away satisfied with their Grampians Experience. We all know that a Clean toilet and having toilet paper is a simple thing, however it is often the element of the visit that supports the overall experience. Stewart and Lockeah with support from the team, continue to service all 12 camp grounds and multiple day visitor sites like MacKenzie Falls, Wonderland and Mt Zero, with little fuss and to a high standard. It is these often unsung members of the team that are the back bone of the operation that keeps the park going and people wanting to come back and experience our spectacular landscape.

As we progress through another long, hot dry summer period, I hope we can continue to stay safe, provide a valued community service and get through the next few months with minimal damage.