SSAA offers study grants for shooting
A BURSARY program worth $10,000 annually is being offered to support university study into recreational shooting.
Sporting Shooters’Association of Australia (SSAA) is offering the academic bursary program to university students studying a range of topics including game management, psychology and journalism.
SSAA media officer Rachael Andrews said the bursary would allow development on a topic that has largely been unexplored by many areas of academic study in Australia.
“Australia has a growing number of target shooters and hunters and with this growth comes a need for practical study of topics such as game management, ecology and legislation,” Ms Andrews said.
“We are passionate about supporting Australia’s academic community to allow credible nonbiased study into aspects of our sport and recreation with a fresh-minded approach.”
The SSAA already has a strong relationship with the academic and conservation communities.
The association actively works with the University of Queensland on its Red Deer Research Project and has assisted various academics to produce research publications on quail and waterfowl.
The SSAA has always supported evidence-based policy and legislation and continues to work with bodies such as the Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Customs, media outlets and the United Nations.
The bursary comes at a time when the State Government has come up with the Game ManagementAuthority Bill which puts in place an independent game management authority to ensure the responsible management of game.
The new authority will regulate game hunting in Victoria with a focus on compliance, investigation and discipline.
With more than 43,000 game licence holders in Victoria, the government has committed an extra $8.2 million toward the management of game, which means that about $17.6 million is available for game management over the next four years.
The role of the authority includes its ability to make recommendations to the minister for agriculture including game hunting and management, the control of pest animals, the declaring of public land open or closed to hunting, open or closed season and bag limits.
It will also have a research function where it can monitor and conduct research and analyse the environmental, social and economic impacts of game hunting and management.
For information on the bursary program visit www.ssaa.org.au/bursary.