Greens MP David Shoebridge and Greens candidate Janet Cavanaugh are concerned about stray bullets hitting highway traffic.
Greens MP David Shoebridge and Greens candidate Janet Cavanaugh are concerned about stray bullets hitting highway traffic.

Hunters posing risks

AS IF Pacific Hwy drivers didn't have enough to contend with.

Greens MP David Shoebridge, in the Clarence to support by-election candidate Janet Cavanaugh, said yesterday an application for hunting in the Glenugie State Forest south of Grafton posed an unacceptable risk to motorists.

"This proposal to allow recreational hunting in the forest on both sides of the highway raises another fear with motorists at risk from hunters' bullets," he said.

"I question the new sign for Glenugie State Forest declaring 'your forests are in safe hands'."

He said the proposal, to open the forest to hunting for 10 years, lacked detail on how the public could comment.

"The only voice the government has listened to is the pro-hunting Game Council," Mr Shoebridge said.

Ms Cavanaugh said there was a serious shortage of compliance officers capable of overseeing hunting activities.

"The only compliance officer on the North Coast used to be in Port Macquarie," she said.

"He left and I don't know if he has even been replaced."

She said there were no signs to warn other potential users of the forests there might be shooters operating there.

"Other users are effectively excluded," she said.



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