The State Government is delivering on its plan to better manage deer, game and browsing animals in Tasmania by establishing the new Tasmanian Game Council and the Game Services Tasmania unit.
Expressions of Interest for membership of the new Tasmanian Game Council are currently being assessed.
The Council will be the peak body providing advice to the Minister on delivering contemporary and effective Quality Deer Management in Tasmania, hunting and game management, browsing animal management and deer farming matters.
Members will be appointed based on their relevant skills in areas such as hunting and game management; commercial farming and grazing management; deer farming; natural resource management; private land conservation, public land management and related areas.
The new Game Services Tasmania unit in DPIPWE is operational with a strong primary industries focus. This specialist unit is supporting landholders, farmers, hunters and other stakeholders to effectively manage deer and all issues relating to game and browsing animals.
It will coordinate a comprehensive state-wide census on wild fallow deer, implement new five year crop protection permits for deer, and explore further opportunities to support landholders to manage deer by reducing red tape, and work with deer farmers and other stakeholders to support farmed deer industry development.
This balanced approach to managing deer, game and browsing animals aligns with Tasmania’s Sustainable Agri-Food Plan and its target to grow the value of agriculture to $10 billion by 2050.
(From Tasmanian Government media release - 4 May 2018)