A string of charges over alleged illegal hunting activities by members of the NSW Game Council reported today should put a stop to the NSW Government’s plans to introduce hunting in national parks, the Public Service Association said.
The allegations show that park rangers’ fears for their safety under the amateur hunting scheme are entirely justified, said PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner.
The charges against a Game Council official and long-time volunteer relate to the kinds of behaviours park rangers are familiar with seeing from hunters – in particular failing to respect boundaries between hunting and non-hunting areas, said Ms Gardiner.
“The proposed scheme for NSW parks relies on clear demarcation of different kinds of hunting areas.
“Park rangers don’t have any confidence in the Game Council’s ability to implement and oversee a safe hunting program. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
“We need more than a governance review into the Game Council – it’s time for the NSW Government to admit its hunting plan was always a dud.”
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