Mak­ing game hunt­ing safer

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

Ja­clyn Symes has an­nounced fund­ing to en­sure safe, re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able hunt­ing prac­tices this sea­son and into the fu­ture.

The Vic­to­rian agri­cul­ture min­is­ter re­vealed fund­ing for the state’s Game Man­age­ment Author­ity, an in­de­pen­dent statu­tory author­ity re­spon­si­ble for the reg­u­la­tion of game hunt­ing, on Fri­day.

A $6 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion across four years hopes to lead to a 30 per cent in­crease in Game Man­age­ment Author­ity staff for en­force­ment and stake­holder en­gage­ment, de­liver equip­ment for new and ex­ist­ing com­pli­ance of­fi­cers, in­creased re­search ca­pac­ity, ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigns and a new li­cens­ing sys­tem.

The fund­ing aims to as­sist the Game Man­age­ment Author­ity in en­forc­ing con­di­tions placed on duck hunt­ing in Vic­to­ria and en­sure it is done in a safe and sus­tain­able way.

Ms Symes said the ad­di­tional fund­ing was part of a com­mit­ment to en­sure that game hunt­ing is con­ducted in a safe, re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able way.

‘‘Game hunt­ing is a le­gal recre­ational ac­tiv­ity that gen­er­ates jobs and eco­nomic ben­e­fits for ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ria,’’ she said.

‘‘The GMA and part­ner agen­cies, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria Po­lice, DELWP, DJPR, Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Author­ity and Parks Vic­to­ria, will con­tinue to work to­gether to en­sure peo­ple act in a sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble man­ner and com­ply with hunt­ing and pub­lic safety laws.’’

The La­bor Gov­ern­ment has also com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new Adap­tive Har­vest Model to im­prove the way pop­u­la­tions of duck and other bird num­bers are as­sessed.

‘‘This will strengthen the sci­en­tific ba­sis of fu­ture de­ci­sion mak­ing and com­pli­ments the gov­ern­ment’s sus­tain­able hunt­ing ac­tion plan,’’ a state­ment said.

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