New board for GMA
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.