The Dunn Report into the Game Council found a dedicated and hard working staff who have been let down by underfunding from successive NSW governments.
The report notes the “significant achievements” of the Game Council in providing access to public lands for more than 20,000 conservation hunters who have safety, responsibly and ethically removed feral pests.
Our members are concerned at the potential loss of public access, having invested considerable time, effort and expense assisting the Government, at no cost, in reducing the environmental devastation caused by feral pests.
This report must serve as a wake-up call to the government to appropriately fund any new conservation hunting programs. We would also urge Premier O’Farrell to recognise the valuable role of conservation hunters.
SSAA NSW previously worked with the Game Council to accredit volunteer conservation hunters, and if invited to play a role in the new safety, training and accreditation procedures we would be more than willing.