October 17, 2013
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has today welcomed the passage
of the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill 2013 through the NSW Parliament.
Ms Hodgkinson said the legislation allows for:
– the disbanding of the Game Council;
– the transfer of licensing, hunter education and compliance functions to the
Department of Primary Industries (DPI); and
– the establishment of the new Game and Pest Management Advisory Board to
represent the interests of licensed game hunters in NSW.
“The passage of this Bill follows through on the NSW Government’s commitment in July to
implement key recommendations in the Dunn Report, which reviewed the governance of
the Game Council,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“This reform will result in better eradication and management of introduced pest animals
and more robust and effective oversight of volunteer hunting.“
A Game and Pest Management Advisory Board will also be established to represent the
interests of hunters and provide advice to myself and DPI on pest control and research and
hunter education courses.
“The relocation of functional responsibility for licensing, hunter education and compliance to
DPI will allow for increased accountability and transparency in relation to service delivery.”
“Improved opportunities for cross-agency cooperation will allow the development of more
effective programs, ensuring continued hunter and public safety and resulting in better pest
Ms Hodgkinson said the reforms will restore public confidence and the legitimacy of hunting
as a recreational activity.
“The reduction of game and feral animals is important to our agricultural sector and to the
State’seconomy, because it causes productive losses of $70 million each year in NSW,”
Ms Hodgkinson said.
“We believe in the role of volunteer hunters in contributing to co-ordinated pest