7 Apr 2011

Farmers have reservations about new Game council

11:34 am on 7 April 2011

While hunting organisations have enthusiastically endorsed the creation of a new national Game Animal Council, there's been a muted response from Federated Farmers.

The new statutory body forms part of the National-led government's confidence and supply agreement with United Future.

The Game Animal Council will give hunters a greater say in the management of tahr, chamois, wild deer and pigs.

Organisations representing deer stalkers, pig hunters as well as safari parks and other game interests have applauded the Government's move.

But Federated Farmers' game and pest animal management spokesperson Donald Aubrey says it still has some reservations, such as about how the council interacts with Government land that borders farm land.

For example, he says, farmers would not like to see pest control being stopped simply because there are some game animals on private land.

Mr Aubrey says Federated Farmers will be looking at the fine print of legislation for the new body to make sure the Government gets it right.

The Government says the main source of funding for the council will come from a levy on the export of trophy heads from New Zealand but there will be Crown funding of $100,000 in the first year and $50,000 a year after that.