Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Jaala Pulford, announced the members of the new Game Management Authority (GMA) Board today.
Field & Game Australia (FGA) are pleased to see the appointment of the Board, and will continue to work closely with the GMA.
The GMA Board is led by Chairperson Brian Hine, who has more than 35 years of experience in the public sector spanning land management, health and human services, local government and emergency services.
We're also pleased to see the return of people with hands-on experience and skill with hunting, as this statutory authority plays an important role for hunting in Victoria.
Other board members include Dr Sandra Brigza, Mr Ian Maxfield, Ms Maggy Samaan, Mr Mark Little, and Mr Rod Drew, who is well-known to most FGA members.
Minister Pulford said "Victoria has more than 50,000 hunters who contribute millions of dollars into towns and regional centres across Victoria each year, supporting around 3,500 jobs."
"It's vital that we continue working hard to ensure that people who want to hunt can do so in a safe, responsible and a sustainable way."
The GMA is unique to Victoria as a statutory body devoted to hunting regulation, something that FGA and our colleagues at the Australian Deer Association (ADA) lobbied for around 20 years to achieve. While the GMA is unique to Victoria, there is potential for the GMA to be much more than it is today, in that it could promote hunting and manage game, expanding on the current regulatory role it serves.
FGA congratulates all the new board members and look forward to continuing our work to promote and grow hunting, delivering outcomes for all hunters.
You can read the full media release at the Premier's website.