Hunt­ing fu­ture funds

In a pre-bud­get an­nounce­ment Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford re­stated the Gov­ern­ment's sup­port for hunt­ing and re­leased de­tails of a broad rang­ing $5.33 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age over four years.

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BET­TER HUNT­ING ALL PART OF THE GAME PLAN

Ms Pul­ford said en­sur­ing that hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria con­tin­ues to be a safe and sus­tain­able recre­ation for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions is a key fo­cus for the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment. "Re­spon­si­ble hunt­ing ben­e­fits farm­ers and is a recre­ational pas­time for thou­sands," she said. "It's vi­tal that we con­tinue work­ing hard to en­sure that peo­ple who want to hunt, can do so in a safe, re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able way.”

The an­nounce­ment, made at Field & Game Aus­tralia's Heart Mo­rass wet­land in East Gipp­s­land will sup­port:

• Gov­ern­ment agen­cies work­ing with hunters to im­prove the pro­mo­tion of re­spon­si­ble hunt­ing, pro­vide bet­ter hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and en­sure our game species re­main sus­tain­able.

• The devel­op­ment of a Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan, to be de­liv­ered later in 2016.

The im­prove­ment of in­for­ma­tion on; and ac­cess to State Game Re­serves The Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion — to co­or­di­nate its mem­bers par­tic­i­pa­tion in • • con­trolled culls of in­va­sive deer species on pub­lic and some pri­vate land.

• Fund­ing will also con­tinue for firearm safety cour­ses. Vic­to­ria's 48 000 li­censed game hunters make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the state's econ­omy, with an es­ti­mated $439 mil­lion spent an­nu­ally.

Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford in dis­cus­sion at Heart Mo­rass with FGA'A David Mcnabb and Bill Pater­son and Aus­tralian Deer As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Col Brum­ley

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