History

The Game Management Council of New South Wales Inc. evolved from The Joint Committee of Recreational Hunting Clubs which operated in the mid-1980s.

The Honourable Robert Brown MLC, who is recognised as the father of the now disbanded Game Council NSW, is an esteemed former delegate to GameCon. This organisation supported Robert and liaised with him to help formulate and then implement the original Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.

The Honourable Robert Borsak MLC, is another Shooters and Fishers Party member and is also a former delegate to GameCon. Both MLCs maintain communication with us and occasionally attend our meetings when invited.

GameCon strives to ensure the wishes of LAFOs are articulated in a clear and focused manner to influential decision makers, stakeholders and the wider public. For example:

  • GameCon has observational status on The NSW Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. AWAC advises the minister on issues of animal welfare
  • We have full member status on the Pest Animal Committee
  • GameCon provides advice at a national level to the Australian Wildlife Health Network. This group monitors disease transmission between animals and humans. Through our involvement, we have been able to co-ordinate several activities using hunters in a disease surveillance role with both State and Federal Governments. Our former Chairman Mr J Mumford is on the committee of management of this organization
  • GameCon representatives attended the Fenner International Wildlife Diseases Conference
  • GameCon was instrumental in having hunters endorsed as sentinels for the early detection of wildlife disease
      – GameCon was responsible for initiating the collection of samples of duck faeces for testing by a federally funded laboratory
    1. – As an outcome, there is now a National Biosecurity initiative that not only recognizes hunters, but requires them as a resource for national bio-security
  • GameCon works with Dogs NSW on responding to legislative activity affecting the ownership of all dogs and hunting dogs
      – Most people are unaware of the parallels between governmental efforts to control both dogs and guns. Draconian dangerous dog legislation has been passed that receives little attention in the media
  • A number of our representatives were Councillors on the old Game Council NSW and all three of the Game Council’s Chairmen were at one time a delegate from GameCon’s Member Clubs
  • GameCon has funded leading edge; peer reviewed and internationally recognized research about the effectiveness of Australian Firearms Legislation
  • We have mounted numerous letter writing campaigns due to the actions of influential politicians & people opposed to the private ownership of firearms, hunting and the opening of new guns shops
  • GameCon has taken pro-active steps to help foster ethical hunting with dogs and encouraged Australian Pig Doggers and Hunters Association to join GameCon. APDHA is dedicated to establishing ethical procedures and techniques for hunting feral pigs with dogs.
  • The Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council, which was restarted by the Labor Party and subsequently axed by the newly elected Liberal Government in 2013. A GameCon delegate was appointed to the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council as a councillor.
  • Provided substantial financial support to HuntFest 2013, 2014 & some financial support in 2015.