Adding to our lead­er­ship

Field & Game Aus­tralia has wel­comed two new board mem­bers in Jim God­den and Scott Mitchell. Both are ac­tive mem­bers and while some will know them well, we take this op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce them to those who don’t.


Scott Mitchell

Scott has more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the fields of agri­cul­ture, in­ter­na­tional trade pol­icy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and general pub­lic pol­icy at both State and Fed­eral level in Aus­tralia.

He re­cently stepped down as Fed­eral Di­rec­tor of The Na­tion­als after five years and two suc­cess­ful elec­tion cam­paigns. Scott pre­vi­ously served as Chief of Staff to a se­nior Western Aus­tralian Min­is­ter, man­aged Trade and In­ter­na­tional Pol­icy for the Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion, and had sev­eral years’ ex­pe­ri­ence with the Aus­tralian Trade Min­is­ter in the early 2000s.

Scott has strong and trusted re­la­tion­ships on all sides of Aus­tralian pol­i­tics and is now ad­vis­ing ma­jor Aus­tralian com­pa­nies. He main­tains a strong in­ter­est in re­gional Aus­tralia.

Scott grew up on a farm at Lock­ing­ton in North­ern Vic­to­ria and was in­tro­duced to hunt­ing at an early age by his grand­fa­ther. He pur­chased his first shot­gun at about age 13 and be­came a keen fox, rab­bit, hare and duck hunter with the oc­ca­sional pig and goat hunt­ing trips added in.

Scott first joined FGA around the time of the 1996 gun de­bate and then re­joined while work­ing in Can­berra in 2003, be­com­ing a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant in the Can­berra In­ter­na­tional Clay Tar­get Club’s Sim­u­lated Field and 5-stand ac­tiv­i­ties.

Scott has al­ways been a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of shoot­ing is­sues and through­out his time in var­i­ous gov­ern­ment roles, and par­tic­u­larly as Fed­eral Di­rec­tor of The Na­tion­als, has worked hard to sup­port FGA, the Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Shoot­ing In­dus­try Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia.

Scott hopes to be able to con­tinue this work as a Board mem­ber.

Jim God­den

I have a feel­ing the die was set when my dad took me on my first duck open­ing at the age of four; since then, bar the odd year of early mar­riage or new­born chil­dren, I have found my­self in many wet­lands watch­ing the dawn rise.

I was born and raised in Ade­laide, SA; my grand­mother came off the land from the West Coast of SA, so my Dad was raised with a healthy dose of coun­try living, camp­ing, shoot­ing and fishing, which he then passed on to me.

I at­tended West­min­ster Col­lege in Ade­laide for my sec­ondary school­ing and com­menced ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at Ade­laide Univer­sity un­til the thirst for in­come and ca­reer over­rode my de­sire for a de­gree. I was very for­tu­nate to gain em­ploy­ment with Mo­bil Oil Aus­tralia at Ade­laide Re­fin­ery and for the next 14 years de­vel­oped a ca­reer in the oil in­dus­try in var­ied roles.

Con­cur­rently to this, I started a fam­ily and now have three won­der­ful chil­dren (24, 21 and 16). In early 2003, my wife and I iden­ti­fied a job op­por­tu­nity for me in the River­land re­gion of SA as an op­er­a­tions man­ager of a large win­ery. So, at the age of 33, we took a leap of faith and moved the fam­ily to the re­gion.

Thir­teen years on, I still work with wine, al­beit now as a general man­ager — op­er­a­tions in a fam­ily owned com­pany.

The now con­stant ex­po­sure to the River Mur­ray, wet­lands, fishing and camp­ing rekin­dled a fire damp­ened by too much city living. I had been a mem­ber of Barmera Moorook Field & Game since 1998 and being lo­cal, it wasn’t long be­fore I was dragged along to com­mit­tee meet­ings. Be­fore I knew it, I was elected into of­fice bearer po­si­tions and now into my ninth year, I’m still go­ing strong.

Op­er­at­ing as the sec­re­tary/trea­surer and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the state coun­cil of SAFGA, I was the key ar­chi­tect of the trans­fer to FGA, al­though I must thank and ac­knowl­edge the as­sis­tance of David Rehn and Rod Drew. One of my great­est achieve­ments has been the mem­ber­ship growth of the branch from low 60s when I com­menced to nearly 160 in Jan­uary this year.

I strongly be­lieve in con­ser­va­tion, wet­land and wildlife man­age­ment and we prac­tice what we preach at Love­day Wet­lands. I feel drawn to the con­ser­va­tion com­po­nent of FGA; while I en­joy my hunt­ing I have never been a great shot (more prac­tice would help) but you can al­ways find me not far from a piece of scrub or wet­lands, usu­ally with a labrador in tow, check­ing out my sur­round­ings. Sec­ondary to this is my en­joy­ment in train­ing and men­tor­ing of new hunters, the ex­po­sure to the Wa­ter­fowl Train­ing (WIT) ma­te­rial, and the com­mence­ment of these cour­ses in the River­land since early 2016 has shown the ca­pa­bil­ity of what we can do.

The time train­ing in WIT has def­i­nitely iden­ti­fied for me the lack of in­for­ma­tion/ ma­te­rial for new hunters in South Aus­tralia. If we can link train­ing with ac­cess to wet­lands then I be­lieve there is sig­nif­i­cant mem­ber­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for FGA in the State.

My ap­proach is one of col­lab­o­ra­tion and fa­cil­i­ta­tion; peo­ple need to be heard and lis­tened to, how­ever they also need to be pro­vided with hon­est feed­back on what is achiev­able.

I am a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate and rel­ish an op­por­tu­nity to as­sist FGA in fur­ther­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ob­jec­tives and goals.

Scott Mitchell

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