The Parks and Native Animals Coalition is calling on NSW Minister for the Environment, John
Robertson, to publicly confirm his recent statements in Parliament opposing the Shooters
Party proposal to open up National Parks to recreational hunting.
At the Budget Estimates hearing on 17 September, 2009 Minister Robertson stated that “the
Government has made it completely clear that we are opposed to hunting in national parks”
and that “the Government does not support [Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment]
bill”. The Minister also denied all knowledge of a list of national parks proposed for
However recent media reports suggest the Government is making a deal with the Shooters
Party that would allow hunting in 13 national parks if the Shooters drop demands for
permitting private game reserves in NSW.
The Parks and Native Animals Coalition, representing about 50,000 members and thousands
more supporters, has written to Minister Robertson asking him to clear up the confusion with
public confirmation that the Government will not support the entire Game and Feral Animal
Control Amendment bill.
The letter reminds the Minister of the NSW Government ’s clear pre-election promise that
“Labor will not allow recreational hunting in national parks.”
“We want the NSW Government to stand by its word and assure the people of NSW that they
will not be supporting any part of the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill 2009,”
said Bev Smiles, Acting Executive Officer of National Parks Association of NSW.
”The community is outraged by the prospect of hunters and shooters being allowed to pursue
blood sport in our important protected natural areas,” said Keith Muir, Director of the Colong
Foundation for Wilderness.
‘“The community has joined with environment and animal welfare groups in asking both the
NSW Government and Opposition to show strong leadership and reject any proposal for
hunting in our national parks or the creation of private game reserves,” said Cate Faehrmann,
Executive Director of Nature Conservation Council of NSW.