New members for GMA

Three new board members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority

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NEW MEMBERS: Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has announced the appointment of new members to the Game Management Authority.

NEW MEMBERS: Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has announced the appointment of new members to the Game Management Authority.

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New skills and experience for Game Management Authority.

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New board members have been appointed to the Game Management Authority (GMA), bringing new skills and experience to the independent regulator.

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said Dr Bronwyn Orr, Corrie Goodwin and Owen Cavanough have been appointed for a three year term.

Ian Maxfield has also been reappointed to the board.

"It's important that the GMA has wide-ranging experience, to continually improve the way hunting is regulated and our game species are managed,' Ms Symes said.

"The GMA has gone through an important period of reform in recent years, and I look forward to the experience and expertise these new members will bring."

Dr Bronwyn Orr is a veterinarian, with a Master of Science in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

Dr Orr grew up in regional Queensland and is currently undertaking a doctrate, focusing on the health of hunting dogs.

Ms Goodwin brings additional expertise in land management and public administration to the board, adding to her extensive regulatory experience in the Australian Dairy Industry.

Aboriginal culture and identity knowledge is maintained, with new director Mr Cavanough also bringing practical experience in sustainable and responsible game hunting.

The new appointments bring the GMA Board membership to eight directors, increasing diversity with country Victoria-based members, gender equality, and Aboriginal representation.

The GMA works with the community as an independent regulator overseeing game hunting in Victoria through education, research and enforcement to ensure game hunting is conducted in a responsible and sustainable way.

The GMA is continuing to adopt best practice approaches to managing deer, duck and quail hunting; investing in research and new technologies to ensure evidence-based regulation.

Victoria has more than 50,000 licensed game hunters who contribute to the economies of towns and regional centres across the state, supporting jobs both directly and indirectly.

Last year's budget provided a further $6 million funding to the GMA, which has increased staffing by almost 80 per cent, improved research and hunter engagement, and provided new equipment for officers.

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