Responding to reports that $19 million will be spent opening up national parks to recreational hunters, Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the government should not be spending public money on political deals while simultaneously cutting genuine environmental programs.
"If the Premier was serious about tackling feral animals, the $19 million would be spent on professional feral animal control, not on amateurs hunters licensed by the disgraced Game Council," said Ms Faehrmann
"The government has made savage cuts to the environment department, including to frontline National Parks and Wildlife Service staff. But it's happy to throw money and staff into policing this dodgy deal with the extreme hunting lobby that the people of NSW don't want.
"This money should be going towards properly resourcing our national parks to address the very real threats of weeds and feral animals instead of being wasted on this disgraceful deal that will put the public and rangers in danger.
"It goes to show just how anti-environment this government is that it is willing to direct $19 million away from good conservation efforts, towards supporting amateur hunting in our national parks.
"How can the Premier look voters in the face and say this is about feral animal control?
"The Premier knows there is going to be a huge risk to public safety when national parks are opened up to shooters. Now he is throwing money at the problem in a vain attempt to mitigate the risks. But what he should be doing is ripping up the deal and ending this embarrassing saga," said Ms Faehrmann.