Coun­cil passes hunt­ing bill

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

A bill that will in­crease hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Vic­to­ria has been passed by the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

The Vic­to­rian Game Man­age­ment Author­ity (GMA) is now one step closer to hav­ing the power to ex­pand and pro­mote hunt­ing in the state, thanks to a pri­vate mem­bers bill by Sey­mour-based Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Daniel Young.

The Game Man­age­ment Author­ity Amend­ment Bill 2017 will now be tabled in the lower house.

‘‘It is great to see this bill suc­cess­fully pass the up­per house,’’ Mr Young said.

‘‘The An­drews Gov­ern­ment needs to stop talk­ing and take ac­tion. They now must com­mit to hunters, and the com­mu­ni­ties that sup­port hunt­ing, and put this bill through the lower house.’’

Mr Young said the amend­ments would ex­pand the GMA’s role from strictly reg­u­la­tory to proper man­age­ment, which falls in line with the ob­jec­tives of the state’s Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan 2016-2020.

‘‘The Gov­ern­ment’s Sus­tain­able Hunt­ing Ac­tion Plan is a hal­low prom­ise with­out im­ple­ment­ing leg­is­la­tion to ex­pand the GMA’s role,’’ Mr Young said.

‘‘Like­wise, the GMA can­not ful­fil the plan’s ob­jec­tives with­out the leg­is­la­tion be­ing pro­posed.

‘‘The po­ten­tial for a body such as the GMA is of enor­mous value to hunters and this state, and can­not be over­stated.’’

If adopted, the bill will amend the Game Man­age­ment Author­ity Act 2014 and would give the GMA greater func­tions to ac­tively sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of recre­ational and com­mer­cial hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria.

It would also have a greater role in ed­u­cat­ing hunters and the public about the rights and obli­ga­tions as­so­ci­ated with game hunt­ing.

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