Guns and fishing in NSW

With the NSW state elections only a few weeks away, most voters are beginning to consider the issues and for the outdoor recreational type person there are many issues of note.

Fishing and shooting are two of these, neither of the two big parties has made any significant promises. Labor seems intent on pushing ahead with marine parks up and down the NSW coast, in line with the other state governments. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party has not said it will revoke any of the parks but has said that there will be a review of sanctuary areas within these parks.

Many shooters say the regulations are far too cumbersome but accept that the new rules are here to stay whilst believing there could be a lessening of some of the paper work to reflect that of other states.

For those of us who enjoy these sports, there are big issues but in the overall context of things there are not a lot of anglers or shooters and we will struggle to have much of an influence. Although some one million people in NSW fish each year, there is only about 20 per cent of that number who are avid regular fishers.

At present we are being bombarded about the major issues for the running of the state such as law and order, health, education, the environment, roads etc and these issues will no doubt determine where we place our number 1. However, outdoor people can make themselves heard with the placement of their preferences this election.

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