New board members for hunting authority

By Rodney Woods

Three new members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority board, bringing new skills and experience to the independent regulator.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes announced on June 29 the appointment of Bronwyn Orr, Corrie Goodwin and Owen Cavanough for a term of three years, while also announcing Ian Maxfield had been re-appointed.

Dr Orr will bring significant animal welfare expertise to the board as a veterinarian with a Master of Science in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

Dr Orr grew up in regional Queensland and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on the health of hunting dogs.

Ms Goodwin brings additional expertise in land management and public administration, adding to her extensive regulatory experience in the Australian dairy industry.

Aboriginal culture and identity knowledge is maintained, with new director Mr Cavanough also bringing practical experience in sustainable and responsible game hunting.

The new appointments bring the GMA board membership to eight directors, increasing diversity with country Victoria-based members, gender equality and Aboriginal representation.