Wide range of duties in Brendon’s job

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
Brendon Lions has been a ranger for the Town of Port Hedland since 2008.
Camera IconBrendon Lions has been a ranger for the Town of Port Hedland since 2008. Credit: Taylar Amonini

Moving to Port Hedland in the midst of summer, being a local ranger was something Brendon Lions never thought he’d do, but now he would never turn back.

With World Ranger Day next Monday, the Telegraph had a chat with the Town of Port Hedland’s local ranger and found out what they do.

Mr Lions fell into the ranger life after realising construction wasn’t the career for him and said he absolutely loved it. “It’s a very diverse job, great location to work in, the people and community here is great and the Town of Port Hedland is pretty good to work for as well,” he said.

“The best way I can describe the day of a ranger is different.

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“Not every day is the same.

“You can wake up in the morning and go off to help fight fires, that coupled with foreshore patrols, camping issues and off-road issues, followed by reptile-handling stuff and canine handling, all of which happens on a daily basis — especially in the summer and spring months.” Around the world, rangers are on the front line to protect the natural heritage, habitat and safety of local government areas and working in Port Hedland is no different.

Mr Lions said anyone interested in joining the team should go for it.

The Town of Port Hedland rangers. picture: Taylar Amonini
Camera IconThe Town of Port Hedland rangers. picture: Taylar Amonini

“At the end of the day you’ve got nothing to lose — go for it whole heartedly, stick your fangs in it and run with it,” he said.

This Monday will be World Ranger Day’s 10th anniversary in celebration of the hard work rangers do.

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