The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has responded to the Walpole Weekly‘s queries regarding the possible axing of the Walpole & Nornalup Inlets Marine Park coordinator position as follows (attributed to “a Parks and Wildlife spokesperson”):
“The department is committed to a full time marine park ranger to ensure ongoing effective management of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park.
“However, the challenging financial climate requires Parks and Wildlife to examine staffing structures around the State to avoid duplication and overlap between roles.
“The Frankland District will be managing its terrestrial and marine reserves in an integrated service delivery model, with the district manager and the district coordinators for Science and Conservation and Parks and Visitor Services having a greater day-to-day role in the management of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park.”
The Weekly also asked DPaW the following questions to which there was no response:
How many employees (full-time, part-time, seasonal) are there at the DPaW Frankland District office?
How many of those employees have degrees related to biological sciences, environment, conservation et cetera?
How many of those employees are researchers?
Can you break down the activities of the Frankland District office by type and proportion of total budget?
What proportion of the Frankland District office budget is taken up by fire management?
The words — study, describe, monitor and map the species and ecological communities — are bolded at source (DPaW website). How much studying, describing, monitoring and mapping of species and ecological communities is conducted by the Frankland District office?