FAQ's : Why hunting in NPs is a bad idea

The policy change was designed to expedite support for privatising state owned power stations
The NSW government did not attempt to hide the fact that the policy to allow hunting in NSW National Parks was initiated to secure the votes of the Shooters and Fishers party for the privatization of power infrastructure in NSW. The policy changes did not happen in response to a call from the community.

Watch and hear Mr O'Farrells Promise last year to not allow hunting in National Parks

"there will not be a decision made to turn your national parks into hunting reserves. We are not going to replace literacy and numeracy in our schools with how to dismantle a gun in 5 seconds."

Hunting in Nationals Parks FAQ

1) What is happening?

On the 27th June 2012 the NSW government passed an Act that will allow recreational shooters to hunt feral animals in our national parks, once program details are finalised. Hunting in 12 national parks will be trialled from October 2013, and afterwards, is intended to be expanded. Recreational shooting has been allowed on NSW public land (in State Forests) since 2006. more....

2) Where will recreational hunting be allowed?

Which national parks recreational shooting can occur in is at the discretion of the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage. Initially, the program will be trialled in 12 national parks, after this, a report will be taken to Cabinet and a decision will be made about rolling it out to other national parks.more...

3) Where can hunting take place in NSW?

Readers of this page are asked to seek advice from the NSW Government regarding the full guidelines on hunting on public land in NSW. The information below outlines the skeletal details only.

Recreational hunting has been taking place in NSW State Forests since 2006, however, on 4 July 2013, this was temporarily ceased. Why? Because the NSW Government has disbanded the Game Council of NSW and is shifting its responsibilities to the Department of Primary Industries. Hunting in State Forest's will recommence at some stage.

Recreational hunting can take place on private land following guidelines and with appropriate licensing.

Recreational hunting will be trialled in 12 national parks from October 2013 under provisions set out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

4) Allowing recreational hunting will be good for the environment, won’t it?

Allowing recreational hunting into our national parks has been justified by politicians as a way of reducing feral animal populations, therefore helping our environment. The program in place from October 2013 will be part of a professional pest control programs managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. more...

5) What are the impacts on public safety?

Unions have voiced their serious concern for the safety of both National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and members of the public. On 4 July 2013, the NSW Government announced the final details and controls of the program and unions felt that their concerns had been appropriately responded to. more...

7) Is shooting already allowed in national parks?

The National Parks and Wildlife Service already operate professional, integrated pest management programs in NSW national parks. The program that is set to take place from October 2013 will be part of these programs and all recreational hunters will be supervised by National Parks and Wildlife Service professionals. The government states that ground shooting, along with other methods including as trapping, baiting, mustering, biological control, exclusion fencing and aerial shooting, occurs from time to time in most national parks in the State as part of an integrated program.

8) Can we expect hunting to expand in the future?

There is strong pressure to expand recreational hunting further in NSW from the NSW Shooters and Fishers Party. This party hold the balance of power in the Upper House of the NSW Government.more...

9) Who allowed this to happen?

These changes that make our national parks and other reserves all vulnerable to being opened up to recreational hunting were voted through in the Upper House of NSW Parliament.

The parties that voted for the changes (20 votes) were:

  • NSW Liberal Party
  • NSW National Party
  • Shooters and Fishers Party
  • Christian Democratic party (Fred Nile Group)

Those who voted to stop it from happening (17 votes) were:

  • NSW Greens

10) When does this all start?

From October 2013, the program that allows recreational hunting to take place in our national parks and other reserves will commence. more...