Sustainable Hunting Action
We are starting to see outcomes from the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan, a $5.3 million investment to support and guide the long-term growth of hunting, but both Field & Game Australia and the Australian Deer Association want to se
We jointly presented key performance indicators for SHAP and welcomed a Victorian Government commitment to quarterly reporting on progress. The first quarterly report was little more than a restating of the aims, although there was one welcome funding initiative: $40 000 to the Wetlands Environmental Taskforce to ensure the Australian National Hunting Archive, Australia’s most comprehensive and valuable collection of works on the social history of hunting, is digitally indexed and accessible. Minister Jaala Pulford made the commitment to quarterly reporting because, as she told a recent Estimates Committee hearing: “This is a multi-agency effort, but it is certainly something of great interest to hunters in Victoria.” We remain supportive of the aims and expect the SHAP implementation to gather pace. The clock is ticking and the outcomes are critical to the future of hunting.