Saturday, 9 June 2012

In the loop? Out of the loop? Fruit loop? Decide for yourself.

A few years back The Daily Examiner had a prize (a Lottery/Lotto ticket pack) for the week's best letter to the editor. If such a prize still existed it would surely have to go to John  Edwards of South Grafton for his letter in today's Examiner.

Shooters and Fishers

Following the announcement of a Shooters and Fishers Party-sponsored inquiry into the management of public land, the Clarence Environment Centre wrote to the Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, posing three questions.

One of these was: "Would you support the opening up of national parks to recreational hunting?"

On May 22 we received the following response: "There is no proposal for recreational hunting in national parks in the Clarence electorate being considered by me or the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government."

Less than 10 days later the Government announced 79 national parks and nature reserves where recreational hunting will be allowed.

I'll let readers form their own opinion on their member's response.

Among the affected parks that have been reported in the media are Kosciuszko and Dorrigo, which are among the most visited reserves in Australia, and where tourists will now experience the tranquillity of those forests being shattered by the noise of gunfire, and the possibility of being shot.

The decision has outraged many in the community, but has been welcomed by hunters who claim they are the answer to feral animal control.

However, if there is a serious feral animal problem, it is because successive governments have failed to properly fund control programs.

Recreational shooters have been hunting in state forests for over five years, and I challenge anyone to produce evidence that they have had any significant impact on feral species in those forests.

In fact last year the national parks service had to run local eradication programs for feral pigs which they believe were deliberately introduced by hunters.

In trying to justify breaking an electoral promise, Barry O'Farrell claims it was necessary to balance political expedience with public interest.

This isn't the first time this government has sacrificed public interest, and I'll guarantee it won't be the last.

John Edwards, South Grafton


clarencegirl said...

This morning's radio news stated that NPWS staff are asserting that they have now been told to stop putting out feral animal traps in certain parks so that these hunters can have something to kill or maim.

Anonymous said...

The npws have failed the people of nsw with their lock it up approach to national park management. It's far overdue that this approach is overturned. This is what he majority of voters in nsw want.

Anonymous said...

"The policy of the NSW government is clear: hunting in national parks is not permitted. I say that very slowly for the slow learner on the opposition backbench. I advise the member opposite that shooting is not compatible with visitations to our national parks. I repeat that the policy of the NSW government is clear: hunting in national parks is not and will not be permitted." (Environment Minister in the NSW O'Farrell Goverment lies to Parliament on 2/8/11)