Game Management Authority chair Brian Hine has welcomed the decision to extend his appointment just four months into the job, as he now turns his focus to the the possibility of leading the authority with an entirely new board.
Mr Hine will lead the authority until mid-2020, yet the future of the rest of the board is unclear with the terms of the authority’s eight current directors expiring on June 30.
Mr Hine welcomed the decision to ensure future appointments to the board had staggered terms, avoiding any potential for a repeat of the current situation.
‘‘It’s a really healthy position for the board to have these overlapping terms and consistency of the chair and also the opportunity for new people to be involved,’’ Mr Hine said.
There had previously been confusion around the future of Mr Hine’s position as chair when an application for new directors stated the position of chair as vacant before he was reappointed by Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford.
Mr Hine will oversee the GMA’s implementation of the government’s $5.3million Sustainable Hunting Action Plan.
Applications for the board closed on Friday, with appointments expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.