- No extra resources to fund Premier's promise of only supervised hunting
- No proficiency test required for amateur hunters
In response to questions from Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann, the NSW Government has revealed that no additional resources will be made available for supervising recreational hunters in national parks, despite promises made to the contrary by the Premier and Environment Minister.
"The Premier said there would be supervision. The Environment Minister said there would be supervision. But with only a couple of months before National Parks are opened up to hunting, we find out there is not one extra cent allocated to this supervision," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Nobody is buying the bogus claims of conservation hunting. This will backfire on Barry O'Farrell because people don't want the integrity of our national parks trashed, especially not at the behest of the Shooters Party.
"This is a recipe for disaster and it isn't just biodiversity that's at risk. There is no way of guaranteeing that other users of national parks, like bushwalkers and campers, won't be at risk.
"By the looks of this we're going to have amateur hunters roaming around National Parks with no way of knowing their level of skill and no way of making sure they abide by the law.
"The Premier's promise that amateur hunters in National Parks would be "registered, licensed and supervised" is a joke," said Ms Faehrmann.
The relevant questions asked by Ms Faehrmann and the government's answers are copied below.
Will it be necessary to undertake proficiency training and a practical test to assess levels of skill?
I have been advised by the Minister for Primary Industries that this is not required under the Firearms Act 1996, which regulates licensed hunters.
Will these changes result in an increase in enforcement staff to deal with compliance by amateur hunters with the regulations?
No. Many NPWS staff already undertake enforcement activity for a variety of issues. This may cause a change in some of the priorities for enforcement in some locations.
What additional resources (dollars and staffing) have been negotiated for supervising the recreational hunters?
Which programs are these staff being drawn from?