New board for GMA

Field and Game - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, the Hon Jaala Pul­ford has ap­pointed the mem­bers of the new Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity Board.

Field & Game Aus­tralia (FGA) is pleased the ap­point­ment of the Game Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity Board has been fi­nalised and will con­tinue to work closely with the Au­thor­ity.

The GMA Board is led by chair­per­son Brian Hine, who has more than 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic sec­tor span­ning land man­age­ment, health and hu­man ser­vices, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and emer­gency ser­vices. His con­tin­u­a­tion as chair­man was an­nounced prior to the ap­point­ment process for the rest of the board.

We’re also pleased to see the re­turn of peo­ple with hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence and skill with hunt­ing, as this statu­tory au­thor­ity plays an im­por­tant role for hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria.

The Board mem­bers are:

Dr San­dra Brizga — an en­vi­ron­men­tal and natural re­sources con­sul­tant with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as a board mem­ber and chair­per­son in con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment.

• Ian Max­field — ex­pe­ri­enced in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion with in­dus­trial re­la­tions and hu­man re­source man­age­ment ex­per­tise.

• Maggy Sa­maan — ex­pe­ri­enced in cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, risk man­age­ment, pro­tected dis­clo­sure, con­tract and com­mer­cial law.

• Mark Lit­tle — strong hunt­ing, con­ser­va­tion and game man­age­ment ex­per­tise.

• Rod Drew — strong ex­pe­ri­ence in hunt­ing, game and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Min­is­ter Pul­ford said: “Vic­to­ria has more than 50 000 hunters who con­trib­ute mil­lions of dol­lars into towns and re­gional cen­tres across Vic­to­ria each year, sup­port­ing around 3500 jobs. “It’s vi­tal that we con­tinue work­ing hard to en­sure peo­ple who want to hunt can do so in a safe, responsible and a sus­tain­able way.” The GMA is unique to Vic­to­ria as a statu­tory body de­voted to hunt­ing reg­u­la­tion, some­thing that FGA and our col­leagues at the Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion (ADA) lob­bied for about 20 years to achieve. How­ever, there is po­ten­tial for the GMA to be much more than it is to­day, in that it could pro­mote hunt­ing and man­age game, ex­pand­ing on the cur­rent reg­u­la­tory role it serves. FGA con­grat­u­lates all the new board mem­bers and looks forward to con­tin­u­ing our work to pro­mote and grow hunt­ing, de­liv­er­ing out­comes for all hunters.

Brian Hinecropped

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