The NSW Hunting Stakeholder Consultation Group (NHSCG) was formed in 2020 as a way for DPI Hunting to communicate and receive feedback on specific projects from key stakeholders who are invested in the future of regulated hunting in NSW.
Note: The NHSCG does not replace the legislated Game and Pest Management Advisory Board (the Board). The Board represents the interests of licensed hunters and provides advice to the Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW on game and pest animal management in NSW. The NHSCG provides feedback to DPI Hunting on specific projects and initiatives to ensure they meet the needs of the hunting community.
|Scott Freeman||73rd Regiment of Foot|
|Craig Mearns||Calibre Country|
|Dylan Smith||Individual (Armidale Hunting Club)|
|Steve Hayes||Illawarra Hunting Club|
|Ralph Boden||Australian Bowhunters Association|
|Ned Makim||Australian Pig Doggers and hunters Association|
|Tony Fisher||Individual (Field and Game Australia)|
|Peter Mooney||Individual (SSAA Taree-Wingham)|
|Guy Pitchford||Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc|
|Aaron Henry||Australian Deer Association (National) Inc|
Clubs, associations and hunter education partners were emailed an invitation to express their interest in participating in the NHSCG in mid-July 2020. Registrations were open for five days and attracted 28 expressions of interest, which were then assessed against selection criteria to determine their suitability.
Thursday 8 October 2020
The first NHSCG meeting focused on hunter education programs and standards under a new Australian chapter (IHEA-AU) of the leading hunter education organisation, the International Hunter Education Association. The group also looked at updating the R-Licence Accreditation Course and a proposed interactive eLearning delivery platform to make hunter education more accessible.
The group strongly supported the projects put forward by DPI Hunting and were notably excited to be part of the vision that leads the way for hunter education in Australia.