Hunting

GMA chair remains until 2020

Game Management Authority chair Brian Hine

Brian Hine’s appointment as chair of the Game Management Authority has been extended until 2020.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said the move would allow Mr Hine, who has more than 35 years of experience in the public sector, to continue leading the implementation of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP).

The plan includes promoting responsible hunting, improving hunting opportunities, and maximising the economic, environmental and social benefits.

The remaining positions on the GMA board will be filled by July 1. An Expression of Interest process closed on March 17.

Ms Pulford said Victoria had more than 50 000 hunters who contributed an estimated $439 million into towns and regional centres across the state, supporting about 3500 jobs.

“Mr Hine has proven to be a very capable leader of the GMA and his continuation in this role will ensure good game management and effective hunting regulation for Victoria,” she said.

“We will continue working hard to ensure that people who want to hunt responsibly, can do so.”

Mr Hine, who has experience in land management, health and human services, emergency services and local government and was only appointed a few months before the board terms were due to expire, can now look to the future and implementation of SHAP.

“The Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan is the platform to continue guiding recreational hunting in Victoria in a direction that is safe, sustainable and responsible,” he said.

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