Reclaim our State Forests

When: Saturday 15 October 2011, from 10:00am
Where: The Pines Picnic Area, Olney State Forest Lake Macquarie

Directions: Turn right off the Morisset exit from the F3. At the second roundabout turn left into Freemans Drive. After 6 kms turn left into Martinsville Rd. After 4.5 kms turn left into Watagan Rd and at 7 kms veer right, continuing along Watagans Rd.  After 2.4 kms turn right at the turn-off signposted Pine Forest Park.

Join Greens from Lake Macquarie and NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, for a family day in Olney State Forest. This State Forest has picnic and camping facilities, but it is also used by recreational hunters. Our peaceful protest against the Game Council and recreational hunting in state forests will be a family-friendly picnic and bush-walking. Flak jackets optional. Or paint a bulls-eye on an old T-shirt for a fantastic photo opportunity.

  More info, contact Lake Macquarie councillor Hannah Gissane 0401197461.

 The Game Council was formed in 2002, a capitulation to the gun lobby. More than $13 million in public funding has been spent propping it up in the last 9 years.

The previous government had an unhealthy relationship with the Game Council and the Shooters Party. Declaring 142 State Forests open for hunting for the next 10 years, without public consultation, shows the O’Farrell Government is also continuing on this path.

The Game Council promotes so-called “conservation hunting” that is carried out by amateurs, has a minimal effect on eradication of feral animals, and produces needless animal suffering. The great majority of State Forest visitors are not hunters but bushwalkers, campers and day trippers.

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