Parks Victoria ensuring sustainable hunting
Friday 25 January, 2019
New signage to promote responsible hunting efforts
Parks Victoria has installed more than three hundred new signs in State Game Reserves across Victoria and 35 in deer hunting areas as part of a state-wide plan to improve hunting opportunities.
The new signs are an important component of the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP), which aims to promote responsible hunting, grow its benefits, improve opportunities and ensure sustainable hunting.
Parks Victoria completed the installation of 360 new signs and information totems at 130 State Game Reserves and parks that permit duck and deer hunting across Victoria. These signs will help people to identify State Game Reserves, increase awareness of where hunting is permitted, increase knowledge of hunting conditions and opportunities, and help hunters comply with relevant regulations.
The signs clearly identify hunting sites and provide hunters with information on hunting conditions, seasons and regulations. They also feature the RESPECT logo, which is a reminder to hunt responsibly and is widely recognised within the hunting community.
To develop the signage and ensure it is effective and useful, Parks Victoria worked closely with a number of organisations including the Australian Deer Association, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Field and Game Australia, Game Management Authority and Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria).
The SHAP, released in 2016 with an investment of $5.3 million by the Victorian Government, aims to address the issues raised in the Game Management Authority’s State Game Reserve Audit and deliver practical actions to benefit the environment, the economy, community and hunters.
For information on hunting in Parks Victoria locations, visit parks.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributed to Mark Pinney, Program Coordinator Sustainable Hunting Action Plan, Parks Victoria:
“This is a significant milestone for Parks Victoria in supporting sustainable hunting and enabling all Victorians to make the best use of public land. Parks Victoria works together with many groups to ensure Victoria’s natural environment is healthy and accessible for a range of recreational activities.”
Quotes attributed to Barry Howlett, Executive Officer, Australian Deer Association:
"Deer hunters welcome the rollout of signage for hunting in Parks, State Game Reserves and State Forests. These signs send a clear message to hunters about their responsibilities and to the community about the place of recreational hunting on public land."
Quotes attributed to David Laird, Hunting Development Manager, Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria):
“This signage is important to our members because it makes it clear, to both hunters and non-hunters, that hunting is a legal activity in a particular area. Clear signage removes any ambiguity and also demonstrates progress under the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan; which we fully support.”