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Lismore to vote on National Park hunting

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A Lismore City councillor has indicated he will move a motion at the next council meeting on Tuesday to oppose amateur hunting in National Parks.

David Yarnall says he is very concerned about the possibility that people could accidentally get shot at and that hunters could stray from the parks onto private property.

And he has good reason to be concerned: Mr Yarnall himself lives on a property next to a National Park.

‘I personally own land that is adjoining a National Park and the boundaries are not marked at all. So anyone walking up there wouldn’t know whose property they’re on,’ he told ABC radio.

‘We’re less than half a kilometre away – so that’s well within the range of any stray shot.’

The council motion, like the recent motion opposing CSG exploration and development on council land, is designed to send a message to government but, unfortunately, has no legal basis of enforcement.

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  1. Mr. Yarnell needs a math lesson

    In reply to your article ‘Lismore to Vote on National Park Hunting,’ the article carries a variety if incorrect information. Lismore resident David Yarnell lives about 1/2km adjacent to one of the parks in question. Stating he’s ‘well within the range of a stray shot’ by ‘Amateur’ hunters.
    Simple math dictates that any firearm projectile, fired from an avg height of 1.5 M will drop 8.4 M per second. Unless the projectile is fired in a deliberate arc, this worrysome projectile will be in the dirt before it approaches Mr. Yarnell’s toes… He probably has a better chance of getting hit by a meteorite.
    Also reference to ‘Amateur’ shooters… Please note volunteer shooters participating in Feral Animal control are licensed by the NSW Police, are subject to stringent examinations before being issued a firearms license, and are under the direct supervision of Park Rangers, Professional shooters, and other authorities.
    To refer to them as ‘Amateur’ gives the impression of a group of bloodlusty, intoxicated vigilantes- when in fact these are regular citizens volunteering their time and skill to address a terrible, growing problem in Australia that has reached near unmanageable levels.

  2. Councillor Yarnall is to be applauded for this action. National Parks NSW charter states they must consult their communities and ensure safety of the public. The Gaming Board is under the Primary Industries Minister. The Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker has been quoted as saying logging is good for koalas! Barry O’Farrell said hunting wouldn’t be in Heritage listed areas, then goes on to name those very areas as open to hunters. Rangers manage feral animals professionally and humanely. They are concerned this will just cause feral animals to disperse. Will there be any native animals left as they are likely to flee once hunters go tramping through their habitat shooting. Besides being not one but TWO broken election promises by O’Farrell, the dodgy back deal done to sell off our power generators, the Governments embrace of gun culture sends a double message about guns in the community at a time when Sydney is out of control with shootings in public streets seemingly every week. Robyn Parker did nothing when Orrica poisened the people of Newcastle 3 times until there was a huge public outcry. This will be impossible to monitor. I urge everyone who is concerned about this to go to the National Parks website, click on about and fill out a feedback form. Our Rangers are entitled to a safe workplace, and to be able to carry out their stated tasks of ensuring the public enjoys National Parks in safety. This should not be a political football

  3. In response to Rosie Lee’s comments above relating to frequent shootings in sydney, you need to understand that these are criminals who dont hold a firearms licence or use registered firearms. You people who are not from country areas need to understand (and you people clearly prove time and time again that you dont ) there is a big difference between a gun wielding criminal in the city and the likes of a farmer owning and using a registered gun to manage pests on his property. Unlike car licences, gun licences are not granted to idiots!


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