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The highly successful Game Council NSW was axed by Premier O’Farrell on 4 July 2013:

http://www.sportingshootermag.com.au/news/shock-as-o-farrell-kills-off-game-council

Only days before the Council published its latest Public Benefits Assessment, which is a unique document for government departments.

The Game Council NSW was the states smallest department. By comparison (to illustrate the small size of the Council) the second smallest department, The Food Authority received about 6 times the funding the Game Council did from government payments.

The Game Council used highly conservative figures when calculating the cost benefit of an eliminated feral animal. In particular, the cost of removing feral dogs by another government agency was closer to $5,000 according to one bureaucrat involved in dealing with wild dogs.

The estimate used by Game Council NSW for feral dogs in the analysis, was $50. Consequently, the stated cost benefit to the citizens of New South Wales was much closer to a 1:4 ratio, rather than the 1:2 stated in the 2013 Public Benefit Assessment.

Few voters would be aware of the cost effectiveness of the Game Council but rest assured that the bureaucrats in the Rural Lands Protection Board and National Parks and Wildlife Services were fully aware of the growing evidence that the Game Council accomplished much more with far less inputs. It is our hypothesis that they could no longer bear the humiliation of a fledgling department outperforming (both on raw numbers and cost effectiveness) their huge department’s efforts in feral animal control.  It is probable that this was part of the motivation to undermine the Game Council, which became a combined priority of the Greens and National Parks & Wildlife.

See: http://www.shootersandfishers.org.au/news/hunting-in-nsw-state-forests

An amended Game & Feral Animal Control Act was passed in November 2013. The Act establishes an Advisory Board and months later the government has not given out any more information or called for applications to the Game Board.

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Supporters of the National Parks & Wildlife Service regard it as highly effective and professional organisation that is beyond criticism.

While the NPA was running their 2013 anti-hunting campaign new articles regularly surfaced about alleged illegal hunting. Typically these involved an animal being shot with a target arrow. For some reason the articles stopped appearing after the anti-hunting brigade achieved their goal of stopping hunting in National Parks. Fifteen months after the first incident one of 13 has been resolved by the NPWS.

During the same time there was word of an alleged incident involving a parks employee association with an illegal marijuana crop. There was a second notification of a parks employee allegedly operating or attempting to operate a horse riding business inside a National Park. Surprisingly enough, we are not aware of any widespread reporting of these stories in the media.

So, please forward any allegations new stories or reports of inappropriate activities by NPWS and its employees to (our new email address)

Write, Ann King, Head-National Parks & Wildlife Service, PO Box 290, Sydney South NSW 1232 and inquire about the remaining twelve unresolved investigations into reports of illegal hunting.