SSAA of­fers study grants for shoot­ing

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

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.

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