GMA chair re­mains un­til 2020

Field and Game - - GMA CHAIR REMAINS -

Brian Hine’s ap­point­ment as chair of the Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity has been ex­tended un­til 2020.

Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said the move would al­low Mr Hine, who has more than 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic sec­tor, to con­tinue lead­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan (SHAP).

The plan in­cludes pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble hunt­ing, im­prov­ing hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and max­imis­ing the eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial ben­e­fits.

The re­main­ing po­si­tions on the GMA board will be filled by July 1. An Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est process closed on March 17.

Ms Pul­ford said Vic­to­ria had more than 50 000 hunters who con­trib­uted an es­ti­mated $439 mil­lion into towns and re­gional cen­tres across the state, sup­port­ing about 3500 jobs. “Mr Hine has proven to be a very ca­pa­ble leader of the GMA and his con­tin­u­a­tion in this role will en­sure good game man­age­ment and ef­fec­tive hunt­ing reg­u­la­tion for Vic­to­ria,” she said. “We will con­tinue work­ing hard to en­sure that peo­ple who want to hunt re­spon­si­bly, can do so.”

Mr Hine, who has ex­pe­ri­ence in land man­age­ment, health and hu­man ser­vices, emer­gency ser­vices and lo­cal gov­ern­ment and was only ap­pointed a few months be­fore the board terms were due to ex­pire, can now look to the fu­ture and im­ple­men­ta­tion of SHAP. “The Gov­ern­ment’s Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan is the plat­form to con­tinue guid­ing recre­ational hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria in a di­rec­tion that is safe, sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

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