Shooters to escape park rangers' sights
Barry O'Farrell ... announced shooters would be allowed into 79 parks in May. Photo: Luke Fuda
NO EXTRA staff or money will be added to monitor hunters who have been given access by the state government to shoot in national parks from Australia Day.
When Barry O'Farrell announced shooters would be allowed into 79 parks in May, the Premier insisted the feral cull would be ''well-managed, properly resourced and carried out under strict supervision''.
The Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, told Parliament the overhaul of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act was not about ''letting people out into parks and reserves without supervision, without control and without proper management.''
But, in answers to questions from the Greens, Ms Parker revealed on Friday that not one extra dollar or any new staff would be directed to National Parks and Wildlife Service to monitor the shoot.
''NPWS will prioritise enforcement activities as appropriate,'' Ms Parker said.
The Public Service Association has said rangers do not have time to ''babysit recreational hunters''.
The Greens MP Cate Faehrmann accused the government of lying over safeguards for the reintroduction of guns in parks, which was part of a deal with the Shooters & Fishers Party.