A NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party member has hit back at the National Party over its plans to increase red tape on hunting on private land.
Orange MP Phillip Donato said the changes to the way hunters supply proof of permission to shoot on private land — and new onerous requirements — put the $120million in economic activity every year, and 860 jobs, at risk.
‘‘The National Party are proposing changes,’’ Mr Donato said.
‘‘Right now, a verbal agreement between a landowner and a hunter is sufficient as permission to hunt on private land, and this can be backed up using a statutory declaration if there is a dispute.’’
He was critical of NSW Police Minister Troy Grant.
‘‘Troy Grant wants to change this so that landowners will have to complete more unnecessary and intrusive paperwork, disclosing their personal information, firearms licence details, driver’s licence details, property size and email address.
‘‘These changes made in the draft Firearms Regulation 2017 are not necessary, and I am concerned about the flow-on impact by acting as a disincentive to recreational hunting.’’
Mr Donato called on the National Party to avoid any more progress on the matter before it is too late.
‘‘Farmers don’t need more paperwork and red-tape from the National Party.
‘‘They need representation that will stand up to the city Liberals on rural issues — and right now, only the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party can make that guarantee.’’
If ratified, the changes could be made law later this year.