DECLARATION OF STATE FORESTS FOR HUNTING
On Friday 25 October 2013, the Minister for Primary Industries published her intention to re-delcare 358 NSW State forests. More information is available on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website (www.dpi.nsw.gov.au).
CLARIFICATION - R-LICENCE REFUNDS
Stakeholders have expressed some confusion about when licence extensions or refunds will apply. The following points clarify these arrangements:
The NSW Government has advised that refunds are available on NSW Restricted (not General) Game Hunting Licence applications and renewals under limited circumstances.
Please note that the NSW R-licence will continue to convey the same provisions as a NSW G-licence (General Game Hunting Licence) relating to the hunting of game animals (including deer) on private property and gaining access to duck mitigation on the NSW rice fields.
If your NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence application or renewal was processed in the one month from Tuesday 4 June 2013 to Thursday 4 July 2013, you are eligible for a full refund of your licence fee.
Please download, fill in all the required information, and submit the R-licence Refund Request Form to Game Council NSW.
For licences processed prior to 4 June 2013, or during the time that public land hunting has been suspended, the NSW Government has made the following commitments:
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE PAID FOR NSW GENERAL GAME HUNTING LICENCES.
All NSW Game Hunting Licences may still be used to hunt game animals on private land, with the permission of the landholder, and are still a pre-requisite for participation in duck mitigation in the NSW rice fields under the NSW Game Bird Management Program administered by NPWS. NSW Game Hunting Licences will also continue to provide holders with $20 million Public Liability Insurance.
HUNTING WITH DOGS RESEARCH PROJECT
A PhD student with the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England is looking for hunters who use dogs to participate in a survey as part of her research to understand the extent of hunting dog use in Australia and the distances hunters move their dogs for hunting purposes.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – GAME COUNCIL OFFICES CLOSED
Customers of Game Council NSW are advised that the Executive Services office at 52 Hill Street, Orange, and the Customer Service Unit at Unit 4/ 59 Hill Street, Orange, are now closed. All Orange based Game Council employees have relocated to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) head office at 161 Kite Street, Orange.
ILLEGAL HUNTERS STILL IN SIGHTS
The NSW Government’s decision to disband the Game Council and temporarily suspend licensed hunting in NSW State forests does not mean that no one is watching.
All declarations of public land for hunting in NSW were formally revoked by the Minister for Primary Industries on Friday 5 July; however the provisions of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 remain in force.
Forest surveillance including cameras will remain in place, and NSW authorities will continue to detect and deter illegal hunting in NSW.
Every NSW Police Force Officer remains an authorised inspector under the Act and Game Council staff will continue to work with police and other land managers to ensure compliance with the law during the transition into the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
The experience to date of licensed responsible hunting on declared public land shows that the vast majority of NSW Game Hunting Licence holders have complied with the law when hunting, and the NSW Government expects that good behaviour to continue during the temporary suspension of activities.
NSW GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE DUNN REPORT
The NSW Government has today released a response to the governance review of Game Council, click here to read the press release.
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