O'Farrell gives shooters free reign over our National Parks: No direct supervision for hunters in National Parks


The Premier is preparing to give hunters free reign in NSW national parks – after the Shooters and Fishers Party revealed Mr O'Farrell will allow shooters to hunt without the close supervision in NSW national parks he originally promised.

"The Shooters and Fishers Party has revealed shooters will be able to hunt freely in our national parks, without close supervision, under the O'Farrell Government," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said.

"The Shooters and Fishers have also revealed our national parks will remain open to other bushwalkers and campers while shooters are inside the park hunting.

Forcing bushwalkers, campers and rangers to share our national parks with unsupervised hunters is a disaster waiting to happen."

"National Parks will not be closed and there will be no close supervision by NP [National Parks] staff."

(Shooters and Fishers Party website, 5 July 2012)

This flies in the face of Premier O'Farrell's comments that hunters would be closely supervised.

"There will be strict controls over who can shoot what, and when and where they can shoot."

(Barry O'Farrell, Hansard, 30 May 2012)

"Barry O'Farrell just cannot be trusted when it comes to protecting our national parks from recreational hunters," Mr Foley said.

"First the Premier said he would not turn our national parks into hunting reserves, but that is exactly what is happening under his government.

"The Premier then promised hunting would only occur in 79 national parks, only to pass legislation that allows the Environment Minister to approve hunting in 751 national parks across the State.

"This latest revelation that hunters won't be properly supervised is more proof that we can't believe a word the Premier says when it comes to hunting in our national parks.

"The Shooters Party are calling the shots here - they will decide who comes to our national parks and the circumstances in which they come."

Link to Shooters and Fishers Party statement: