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Crack down on compliance this Easter long weekend
Crack down on compliance this Easter long weekend14 Apr 2014 - NSW DPI
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Game Licensing Unit (GLU) has today launched a State-wide community awareness program ahead of a major compliance operation this Easter long weekend. DPI Game Licensing Unit Acting Director Dr Andrew Moriarty said with the re-opening of around 200 State forests for hunting earlier this year, DPI has renewed its focus on compliance and community awareness.
“Easter long weekend is traditionally the busiest hunting weekend of the year, and we want all forest users to be aware of the recent changes to recreational hunting in State forests,” Dr Moriarty said.
“NSW now maintains the strictest conditions and regulations of anywhere in the country and our enforcement officers, in conjunction with NSW Police will be out in force to ensure compliance.
“As part of the new requirements, all hunters must pass two new education modules on outdoor navigation and the rules around accessing State forests for hunting and they must ensure that they carry a working GPS device with detailed mapping data installed at all times when hunting in State forests.”
The operation will incorporate compliance patrols in State forests and covert surveillance will also be used in addition to responding to any reports of illegal activity.
Dr Moriarty said the Community Awareness Program will deliver information to the public and other forest users about regulated hunting in State forests.
“We’ve developed a specially tailored pack that informs people about hunting, and addresses concerns about how hunters and other users of the forests can safely coexist,” Dr Moriarty said.
“The pack includes a range of signage for neighbouring property owners and forest users, as well as information about hunting and how to report any concerns or illegal activity.”
Dr Moriarty said the Department takes the issue of safety very seriously, and the forests were only recently re-opened following an extensive safety and risk review.
“We are very proud to report zero serious safety incidences and the removal of almost 100,000 game and pest animals, over the past 7 years of licensed hunting in State forests in NSW and we are certainly committed to ensuring this outstanding record is maintained.
“It’s vital that we work with other forest users to share and maintain recreation in our State forests,” Dr Moriarty said.
To report illegal hunting please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000