Ranger Craig moves on

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Ranger Craig moves on

Chief ranger: Craig Stubbings with Premier Ted Baillieu and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Warren Raabe during the flood recovery.

WILSONS Promontory National Park has been in great hands over the last five years, and those hands belong to Craig Stubbings.
Craig has been chief ranger for the Prom since 2006 but is now changing scenes.
He has taken up a new position within Parks Victoria as district chief ranger in the Red River Gum region, from Wodonga to Swan Hill.
During his time at Wilsons Promontory, Craig faced major events from fires in 2009 to floods this year.
“These two major events have been the greatest challenges, particularly this latest one, being the flood and evacuation of 400 people, I think that was a fairly horrid time,” he said.
“It was interesting. The fires and floods were tackled differently, with the fire being over a long period of time and the park being closed for around eight weeks.
“It was a long period of time but it was fairly easy to get the public back into the park after, because a lot of the areas which were burnt were outside the major tourism areas so we were able to get the park open fairly quickly again.”
The flooding was much more disastrous from a ranger’s point of view.
“This was completely different where we had around 400 people south of Darby River when the bridge collapsed. It was a really well run evacuation with Victoria Police,” Craig said.
“Search and rescue and the SES were involved, as well as the council and all the other government agencies helping out.
“We had the public out in a couple of days and then we worked pretty tirelessly after that to get the park open for Easter, and I was really proud of my staff with what they achieved.”
Craig paid tribute to his staff during his time at Wilsons Promontory.
“As I look back over my time at the Prom, I’d say working with the staff at Tidal River was something that gave me the greatest satisfaction. They are an excellent and dedicated bunch of people.”
In the role of chief ranger, Craig played a major part in lifting tourism at the park, as well as being a part of the Prom Country Regional Tourism board.
“As I reflect back, it’s been a lot about positioning the Prom as a major tourist attraction in South Gippsland. New powered sites and getting the park to top possible condition are things that I’m proud of,” he said.
Craig has made the move to the Red River Gum region as part of a new government initiative.
“I saw my move as an exciting opportunity, and it’s a good opportunity to have some fresh eyes and fresh blood coming into the Prom and to continue with the great recovery program,” he said.
The position will be temporarily filled until September when a new full time ranger will take up the post.

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