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And the next Director of National Parks is...?

Parks Australia recently advertised for a new Director to replace Sally Barnes. In one of the infinite possible alternate universes (if they exist) I was awarded the job, but in this one it's going to someone else. In that alternate reality the climb has been secured for future generations for all time. In this reality, like Schrodinger's cat, the climb remains in a state of limbo until B-Day 26 October 2019.

Dear Marc

Thank you for expressing interest in the role of Director of National Parks.

We have now worked with our client to determine the shortlist of candidates for interview for this role, and unfortunately, on this occasion, there were other candidates who had experience which was a closer fit for the requirements of the role.  We will therefore not be progressing your application.

I would like to thank you for your application and for your interest – we do appreciate that preparing an application takes considerable time and thought.

The strength of my candidature was simply based on my belief that Australia's National Parks belong to all Australians. For too long National Parks have been treated as National No Go zones and visitor numbers have plummeted as a result, significantly affecting local communities and regional economies. Visitor experiences have also been downgraded as nanny state bureaucrats increasingly control and limit the range of activities permissible within park boundaries. Under my guidance this negative attitude would have been reversed and Australia's National Parks would once again have been places of adventure and wonder accessible to all.

I wonder if the successful candidate will endorse this view!


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