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Hunting and Game Management Action Plan
The Government has delivered on its promise and is providing tangible results for the
The Hunting and Game Management Action Plan includes a range of targeted and
practical actions that:
* promote responsible and humane hunting;
* realise the economic and social benefits of hunting and game management;
* improve opportunities for hunting;
* improve wildlife, conservation and land management outcomes.
View the Government's Hunting and Game Action Management Plan
A major step forward in securing our Springvale Range: a 21-year lease with an option to buy and substantial government funding for the purchase.
As most of you would be aware the lease on the Springvale range was to have expired in mid 2016 and we would have had to vacate the premises after more than 40 years. It would have included taking our ranges and buildings with us!
So losing Springvale is just not an option. That’s why towards the end of 2012 the CEO made direct contact with the Minister for Health. The Minister’s response was favourable and ever since that first contact the Board has been making slow but steady progress towards buying the site outright and achieving permanent tenure.
Three months after the first meeting we were in a position where the political will was there to sell the site to us. The matter then progressed to where we had to navigate the sale through the government bureaucracy. And that’s what has taken more than 18 months - one bureaucratic hurdle after another – including three property valuations, two land surveys, two different zonings, establishing the drainage area, eleven different government departments and a local Council to deal with. A very challenging time indeed.
Nevertheless the Board persevered and on Wednesday the 29th of October a lease-signing ceremony took place at the Springvale Range, or what has now come to be called the Springvale Community Sports Hub. The signing was attended by the Health Minister David Davis, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) CEO Jonathan Tribe, SSAA (Vic) Board members Rob Lemm, Lance Eastwood, Andrew Hepner, Phil Brown, Dave Schereck, myself and our CEO Jack Wegman.
The purpose of the ceremony was to sign a new 21-year lease over the property. However make no mistake! We are still vigorously pursuing the outright purchase of the site. Achieving the 21-year lease was definitely the best short-term outcome to be achieved before the State election caretaker period was called.
Importantly, the lease contains a clause which states that during the lease period the landlord (the SMCT) will do everything it can to facilitate the sale of the property to us. It is a clear signal to the new government – Liberal or Labor – that the objective of the arrangement is to transfer ownership to the SSAA (Vic). So the new lease not only secures our immediate future but also allows us time to pursue our aim of purchasing the property outright.
While finalisation of a purchase is frustratingly close, on any analysis of the options and with the upcoming State election, entering into this lease has been a great outcome.
Further good news and most important, is the announcement that we have also secured government grant funding to assist in the purchase of the property. Again after substantial work at the highest levels, the government has decided to fund a large proportion of the sale with grant monies from the Department of Sport and Recreation. It means we are far less likely to have to borrow from outside sources to secure the range.
In closing, I want to acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to the State Government without whose support we would not have been able to achieve this great outcome. And here we owe an especially big ‘Thank You’ to the Health Minister who not only supports the sale to us but also made sure we were in a strong position before the State election. And ‘Thanks’ too to the Minister for Sport and Recreation for the generous funding allocation.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work undertaken by the State Office to get us to this point. The challenge has been daunting and the result a credit to our CEO Jack Wegman.
From left - Health Minister David Davis, SSAA (Vic) President Denis Moroney, SSAA (Vic) Board Member David Schereck and members of SMCT
Notice of Decision - Wildlife (State Game Reserves) Regulations 2014
State Game Reserves Submission - October 2014
The Sporting Shooters Association of Victoria have prepared the following submission on the Regulatory Impact Statement of the Wildlife (State Game Reserve) Regulations.
Follow this link to view the submission
BLONDE BAY HOG DEER BALLOT
The Blond Bay Hog Deer Advisory Group and the Game Management Authority is running the ballot for the Hog Deer at Blond bay and Boole Poole Peninsula in Gippsland.
The ballot may be entered for $15 and will be drawn by the SSAA Deerstalkers Club on December 17th 2014.
Applications for the ballot to hunt Hog Deer in 2015 opens 1st August 2014 and closes last mail 30th November 2014.
This ballot represents a real chance of bagging a Hog deer in Victoria.
For more information
Link to online application:
Submission to the Senate - August 2014
The Sporting Shooters Association of Victoria have prepared the following submission to the Senate Standing Legal Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs relating to gun-related violence within our community.
Follow this link to view the submission
MODERNISING THE CONSTITUTION
Over the past eighteen months, the Board and the Company lawyer have been reviewing the Constitution and rectifying major problems. If it is to really serve the best interests of the members, you will need to vote to adopt the recommended, modernised Constitution in the future, 2015.
However, you might hear some people say,
“It’s served us well for forty years”
“There’s no need to change it”
“The Board just wants more power”
Really? Well, no, no and no. But don’t take my word for it.
This is what the company lawyer has to say about it ”… it would be a worthwhile exercise for the SSAA (Vic) Constitution to be updated and modernized … (and so) … it is timely and useful for members to consider a replacement document.”
His advice also says that “The Memorandum and Articles of Association in their present form - abolished since about 1998 - contain outdated, outmoded and anomalous references to both the Companies Act and Corporations Law. Producing a modern document which more closely follows and adopts the current provisions of the Act is likely to be more useful to the Board and to the members in understanding their rights under the Act, than the current document which certainly contains some provisions that are no longer legally effective.
It has not been an easy exercise to bring the existing document into a modern format which perhaps explains why it has not been attempted before. However, in circumstances where the current document has been the subject of a significant number of amendments since 1973, the time is right for renewal.”
Also, for many years, the Constitution made no provision for proxy voting. Well, the Corporations Act says you must make provision for proxy voting. No choice. So we must change the Constitution in order to comply with the law. But what we can do to stop unfair manipulation is to limit the number of proxies any one individual can have. And that’s what the Board is recommending.
Even allowing for the legal jargon, it’s not hard to see the challenge staring us in the face. It really is time to modernize our Constitution.
But how can you really be sure that this isn’t just about the Board trying to get more control? Well, the objective of the SSAA (Vic) Constitution always has and will continue to be about protecting the interests of members. Board members come and go. The Constitution stays. So it is vital we get it right. Looking at what the company lawyer has drafted, we believe we have done that.
Many of you will remember the attempts at modernising made in years gone by, but nothing ever seemed to eventuate. It’s now time to actually move forward. We urge you to vote in favour of modernizing the Constitution when the time comes.
The Proposed Modernised Constitution may be found here.
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