David Yarnall.
David Yarnall.

Shooters a risk: Yarnall

IT'S only a matter of time before there is a serious accident as a result of the state government's decision to allow amateur shooters into NSW national parks, Lismore City councillor David Yarnall has warned.

Cr Yarnall will next Tuesday introduce an urgent motion to the council to pressure the O'Farrell government to reverse its decision.

"I despair at the short-sightedness of our politicians and the political decisions they make to buy votes," Cr Yarnall said.

Last week the O'Farrell government voted to allow licensed shooters into 79 of the state's 799 national parks including Richmond Range, Nightcap and Yabbra to cull feral animals.

Lennox Head-based MLC Catherine Cusack called for North Coast parks to be dropped from the places hunting will be allowed.

Broken Head-based Greens MLC and Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham has said the Greens would support professional hunters being recruited to cull feral animals, but warned bringing in recreational hunters put endangered species at risk.

Ross Clissold, whose dog was killed in a shooting accident in 2006 whilst walking in a State forest, said that the decision to allow shooters into national parks puts lives in danger.

"If I had have been any closer I could have been shot," Mr Clissold said.

Cr Yarnall said he had no problem with the State Government introducing a plan to eradicate feral animals in our national parks "if it is funded properly and does not place more of a burden on the already overworked rangers."



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