Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is a business unit of the Department of Environment and Science within the Government of Queensland. It was historically part of the Department of Forestry. The primary concern is with the development and maintenance of protected areas within Queensland so as to permit permanent preservation of the area's natural condition. This includes national parks, marine parks and world heritage areas.
|Type||Protected area management|
|Headquarters||111 George Street, Brisbane|
|Parent department||Department of Environment and Science|
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service was established in December 1998. The Nature Conservation Act 1992 , Marine Parks Act 2004 and Forestry Act 1959 provide guiding legislation for the service. Leanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and Science is responsible for the department. The agency's head office is located at 111 George Street in the Brisbane central business district.
Protected areas in Queensland are needed to provide wildlife habitat, to maintain biodiversity and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. Each national park requires a management plan to be prepared.
The service employs park rangers who are responsible for maintaining campgrounds and picnic areas, providing walking tracks, advice to visitors, recording wildlife data, controlling weeds and feral animals, assist in the preparation of management plans and enforcing park rules.