Rangers finalist in awards

Shire of Collie's dynamic ranger team has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 WA Ranger of the Year Awards.

WA Rangers: Collie's ranger team will find out whether they win the top gong this week. Picture: Breeanna Tirant.

WA Rangers: Collie's ranger team will find out whether they win the top gong this week. Picture: Breeanna Tirant.

The annual awards recognise deeds and achievements by local government rangers beyond the call of duty.

Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton said the nomination was a reflection of the hard work the team put into the community.

Our rangers deal a lot with and it's a tough gig but they take it in stride.

Shire of Collie chief executive officer David Blurton

"They're a really good team these guys and they do the right thing, they give people a chance and opportunity to get things right before giving out infringements," he said.

"I'd never heard of the awards before this year, however everything they recognise is exactly what our team exemplifies.

"I find there's two things people get really emotional about, that's their dogs and the cemetery, two things our rangers deal a lot with, and it's a tough gig but they take it all in stride and with a great attitude."

The team not only manage dogs and the cemetery, they assist in a diverse range of issues, including fire management, straying stock, abandoned vehicles and tourism activities, such as camping.