Powers of Minister

41 Minister's general powers
  • (1) The Minister may from time to time—

    • (a) prepare and carry out wildlife surveys:

    • (aa) acquire and dispose of land for the purposes of this Act:

    • (b) use and develop land as a wildlife sanctuary, or as a wildlife refuge, or as a wildlife management reserve, or as a reserve for the breeding and preservation of wildlife, or as a camping ground or hunting ground, or as a game farm, or for the purpose of erecting residences and other buildings for the purposes of this Act, or as a holding ground, or for any other purposes of this Act:

    • (c) co-ordinate the policies and activities of departments of State, local authorities, and public bodies in relation to the protection, management, control, and conservation of wildlife and the eradication of harmful species of wildlife:

    • (d) conduct wildlife research work, and collect and disseminate wildlife information:

    • (e) prepare and issue plans and publications for the advancement, conservation, management, and control of wildlife and the eradication of harmful species of wildlife:

    • (f) make provision for the setting up of such advisory bodies as he thinks fit:

    • (fa) protect and preserve wildlife that are absolutely protected under this Act:

    • (g) make provision generally for the administration of this Act.

    (2) In the exercise of the powers conferred on him by subsection (1), the Minister may from time to time—

    • (a) erect dwellings for occupation by officers and servants of the Department engaged in the administration of this Act, and erect other buildings, and provide all necessary services, conveniences, and amenities:

    • (b) establish and carry on any operations or industry relative to the conservation, management, or control of wildlife or the eradication of harmful species of wildlife:

    • (c) sell or otherwise dispose of food, equipment, skins, or other articles used for, or recovered as the result of, any operation for the conservation, management, control, or eradication of wildlife:

    • (d) enter into any contract or agreement:

    • (e) carry on any farming operations incidental to the management of any game farm or to the conservation, management, control, or eradication of wildlife, and purchase cattle, horses, dogs, or other animals or motor or other vehicles necessary for that purpose, and cultivate and grass any land for any such purpose, and sell any farm crop or farm produce:

    • (f) sell any game or the eggs of any game:

    • (g) with the written consent of the occupier, and subject to the provisions of any other Act, construct and maintain on any land any roads, roadways, tracks, paths, bridges, culverts, ferries, and other means of access necessary for the purposes of this Act:

    • (h) subject to any regulations made under this Act, regulate, control, or prohibit the keeping, breeding, disposing, or farming of any wildlife specified in Schedule 8.

    (3) All documents that require to be executed for the purposes of this Act by or on behalf of Her Majesty may, unless otherwise provided by this Act, be executed by the Minister, and, if so executed, shall be as valid and effectual as if executed by or on behalf of Her Majesty.

    Section 41(1)(aa): inserted, on 19 September 1980, by section 7(1) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1980 (1980 No 17).

    Section 41(1)(b): amended, on 19 September 1980, by section 7(2) of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1980 (1980 No 17).

    Section 41(1)(c): amended, on 10 April 1990, by section 77(1) of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).

    Section 41(1)(fa): inserted, on 10 April 1990, by section 77(2) of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).

    Section 41(2)(h): inserted, on 6 December 1983, by section 10 of the Wildlife Amendment Act 1983 (1983 No 48).