Meet Glenthorne Senior Ranger Bec Brown

Meet Glenthorne Senior Ranger Bec Brown

Bec Brown has recently joined the team of Glenthorne National Park rangers who will service parks across the precinct. Get to know her as part of this Q&A.

Recent­ly, we intro­duced you to Glen­thorne Senior Ranger Jae Ellis and new­ly recruit­ed Ranger Court­ney Heinjus.

Senior Ranger Bec Brown has recent­ly joined the team at Glen­thorne, com­plet­ing the team of rangers who will ser­vice parks across the precinct. We sat down with Bec to find out more about her expe­ri­ence and the oppor­tu­ni­ties Glen­thorne Nation­al Park will create.

Q: You’ve worked in SA’s nation­al parks for a while now, but you’ve recent­ly been recruit­ed as a Senior Ranger across the Glen­thorne precinct. What excites you the most about your new role?

Tak­ing on the new role at Glen­thorne is such a unique and excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for me, it’s a once-in-a-life­time expe­ri­ence to be a part of devel­op­ing a new green space for peo­ple to vis­it, enjoy­ing the great out­doors and learn­ing more about the envi­ron­ment as part of my role. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with a great team of pas­sion­ate and com­mit­ted com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment and Water staff that have made this a possibility.

Q: What do you think is the biggest oppor­tu­ni­ty for the Glen­thorne property?

Cre­at­ing nature spaces that are acces­si­ble, and that pro­vide a range of ways for peo­ple to inter­act with the envi­ron­ment, par­tic­u­lar­ly for vis­i­tors who are new to explor­ing the great out­doors and would like a place close to home to try it out.

Q: What excites you the most about work­ing in a new nation­al park?

I love explor­ing new parks as a ranger and get­ting to know what each place has to offer, espe­cial­ly the hid­den gems. Hav­ing the priv­i­lege of see­ing a new park grow and devel­op in front of me is some­thing I’ll always remem­ber. I’m also excit­ed to be work­ing with a great team of rangers, and ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ty groups who have been work­ing hard (some of them for years) to make Glen­thorne Nation­al Park a reality.

Q: What are your plans for the first six months in your role?

Most impor­tant­ly, I’d like to build a strong rela­tion­ship with com­mu­ni­ty groups and stake­hold­ers that have been involved in the plan­ning process, to ensure suc­cess­ful engage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion con­tin­ues dur­ing the park devel­op­ment, and long into the park’s future. Hav­ing some kind of pub­lic access to the park is also a top pri­or­i­ty so that peo­ple can come in and be able to say they were here when it all began. And final­ly, keep­ing a park run­ning smooth­ly takes a lot of behind-the-scenes plan­ning and organ­is­ing to ensure that the park is well-kept and main­tained for vis­i­tor enjoy­ment and safe­ty, so I’ll be busy mak­ing sure that those process­es are being dis­cussed and devel­oped to best suit Glenthorne’s needs.