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One Night Stand – workers put in hard yards

Parks and Wildlife workers at St Helens put a huge amount of work around the festival; including ensuring patrons who camped did the right thing. Other Public sector workers, including those from our State Emergency Service also put in some hard yards. 

Before and during the mammoth event, which attracted more than 20,000 people to the East Coast town, the St Helens PWS crammed in a tonne of work.

Liam Mitchell, CPSU Delegate, PWS St Helens: “With five weeks’ notice we compressed three months’ work into one month to get the campsites ready. We had to do a lot of our usual work, like ensuring the roads are up to a standard that people aren’t going to break their axels and making sure campsites were clean, we just had to do it with a very rapid deadline.

“We planned for the worst but hoped for the best. In the end the campsites were only a quarter full. The entire crew worked through the weekend on day and night shifts. We had a great time and now that it’s over we’re back to usual operations.”

CPSU Organisers attended the festival and talked to patrons about the Tasmanians Need a Pay Rise campaign. You can find photos from the event on our Facebook page here.

Meanwhile, Our Parks are #OverlovedAndUnderfunded we need more boots on the ground.
Visitation to parks and reserves was up 7 per cent in 2017-18, staffing needs to increase to keep these areas special.

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