Call for lo­cal hun­ters to join in deer cull

Myrtleford Times - - News -

LUKE O’Sul­li­van (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) has called on the Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Lily D’Ambrosio to al­low recre­ational hun­ters and shoot­ers to be in­volved in the trial of the culling of deer in the Alpine Na­tional Park.

Parks Vic­to­ria have an­nounced that they will un­der­take a trial to try and re­duce the num­ber of deer in the high coun­try of Vic­to­ria, but have said they are go­ing to use pro­fes­sional shoot­ers, rather than in­volv­ing Vic­to­ria’s recre­ational hun­ters and shoot­ers.

Mr O’Sul­li­van said that the idea of a deer cull was a rea­son­able enough propo­si­tion.

“There is a need to re­duce the high num­ber of deer in some parts of Vic­to­ria as the num­bers are ap­proach­ing around a mil­lion and deer are start­ing to ap­pear in ar­eas that we haven’t seen them be­fore,” he added.

“But Vic­to­ria’s recre­ational hun­ters and shoot­ers are skilled and knowl­edge­able and should be utilised for the deer cull trial.”

Many recre­ational hun­ters and shoot­ers have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that Mr O’Sul­li­van be­lieves would be a ter­rific re­sourc­ing boost to Parks Vic­to­ria’s con­trol pro­grams.

“Once you add the cost of Parks Vic­to­ria us­ing their own staff, who will be paid over­time to go and cull a num­ber of deer, it could be­come an ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise,” he said.

“This could be a great way to save some money in this un­der­tak­ing as well as a way to en­sure that the deer cull trial uses those have ex­per­tise in the area to en­sure that it is done in the most ef­fec­tive way.”

Mr O’Sul­li­van said that there was no doubt that deer num­bers need to re­duce dras­ti­cally.

“The Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change needs to think about this log­i­cally and utilise the re­sources we have,” he said.

MYRTLE­FORD’S Out­side School Hours Care ac­tiv­ity pro­gram has been a hit with young kids these hol­i­days with plenty of fun en­joyed un­der adult su­per­vi­sion. Kids have been to Supa Tramp Wodonga, had a mad sci­ence and footy day as well as vis­it­ing Bar­widgee Lodge and learn­ing to sew. Also planned is a trip to a Fly­ing Fruit Fly Cir­cus ses­sion in Yackan­dan­dah to go with the fun they’ve had to­gether at the Na­gle Cen­tre at St Mary’s. Pic­tured (left to right) are Al­iza Knee­bone, Pippa Cun­ning­ton, Meyah Cun­ning­ton and Daisy How­ell on Mon­day af­ter­noon be­fore they watched a movie to­gether. For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram con­tact Ar­lene Zozula on 0478 920 638.

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