Families living within hunting territory at risk: union boss

FAMILIES living in NSW national parks where hunting is allowed are "fearing for their lives" and should be protected by wider exclusion zones, says Australian Workers Union boss Russ Collison.

An AWU survey released this week revealed that many of the 365 national park employees who took part had "deep fears" about the O'Farrell Government's decision to allow shooters back in as a form of vermin control.

Up to 100 of those employees live within the affected areas.

Mr Collison said on Thursday the current exclusion zone of 1.5kms around residences should be expanded to at least 10kms.

He said bullets "don't stop" at 1.5kms and the union did not want situations where families were "dodging bullets in their backyard".

The survey also found 99% of participants supported supervision and competency testing of shooters and most were "deeply opposed" to bow hunting and the use of black powder rifles.

The union has sort an urgent meeting with the Premier to discuss its concerns.


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