NSW Game Council abolished after damning report

A DAMNING report into the NSW Game Council has seen Premier Barry O'Farrell abolish the organisation.

The regulatory, enforcement, education, policy and licensing functions will be transferred to the Department of Primary Industries.

Hunting in 400 state forests has also been suspended.

However, a trial for hunting in 12 of the state's national parks will begin in October under the direction of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said strict rules would apply.

Plans to allow amateur hunters in 77 national parks and reserves to kill feral animals had been shelved, pending a review.

The report into the Game Council said there was an "inherent conflict of interest" between representing the interests of hunters and regulating their activities in NSW.

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