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Leading Sports Shooting Body
The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) was incorporated as a public company on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests.
With more than 36,000 members, SSAA Victoria is a leading body representing licensed firearm owners in Victoria. SSAA Victoria has more than a dozen branches and more than 30 sub-clubs and disciplines within the organisation.
SSAA Victoria News
$5.3m Hunting Acton Plan released
The Victorian Government has committed to expanding pest and game animal hunting in its long-awaited Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-20. Presented to SSAA Victoria and its key industry partners overnight, the Action Plan commits to promote responsible hunting, expand the benefits of hunting, improve hunting opportunities and commission research into the sustainability of hunting.
The four-year plan sets out a $5.3 million investment to support more than 50,000 Victorian game hunters. It contains practical objectives for the Game Management Authority, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.
SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman commended Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford for consulting with the shooting sector throughout the development of the plan. “Ms Pulford has long-supported Victoria’s hunting community which contributes more than $439 million to the state economy each year,” he said. “The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-20 will increase opportunities for our members and ensure we have accurate data on game and pest animals to refer to in the future.
Among the major benefits of the plan is a commitment to facilitate game meat processing, which hunting groups have been lobbying over several years. The Victorian Government will “investigate and reduce barriers to the processing of wild harvested game meat to allow optimal use of game harvest”.
Under the plan, hunters should see improved access to State Game Reserves. In an effort to expand pest hunting across the state, the Victorian Government will also “explore further hunting opportunities by game-licence holders at State Game Reserves, subject to appropriate pest control protocols”.
Deer hunters will have the opportunity to hunt other deer species in areas managed through the National Parks Act 1975 where Sambar hunting is already permitted. In response to ongoing calls for greater access to deer hunting, the Victorian Government will “explore options to expand hunting in Victoria in partnership with traditional owners, land managers and relevant stakeholders”.
Alongside increasing deer hunting opportunities, the Government has committed to developing a deer management strategy which will aim to “maintain sustainable hunting opportunities while reducing the impact of deer on biodiversity on all land tenures across the state”.
“The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan contains many highlights for hunters,” Jack said. “It’s encouraging to see the Minister listened to our calls for greater access for responsible hunters. Recreational hunting is the most humane and cost-effective way to control increasing deer numbers and pests animals on state-owned land. It has been recognised by the Victorian Government once again today.”
To view the full Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-20, click here
Remain strong on Adler fight
In just two days the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders are expected to finalise the National Firearms Agreement technical review.
Friday's Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra may see the end of more than 18 months of firearms-related misinformation being spread throughout the media, stonewalling by politicians and regulators and deceit by the anti-gun lobby. But it may also see the ludicrous re-categorisation of some lever-action firearms.
Over the weekend leaks to media revealed that the NSW Government agreed to moving the seven-shot Adler A110 lever-action shotgun to category D. It would mean only professional shooters working on government contracts or government employees could legally own the firearms.
While some media outlets are suggesting it's a "done deal", politics is fluid and ever changing. In other words, sporting shooters and hunters cannot roll over and accept this. They must continue to fight.
What can YOU do?
The first step is to arm yourself with knowledge. Reading the following stories is a great place to start:
Next, vote in the polls contained in the second and third articles above and encourage your friends and family to do the same. It will ensure the media knows that the majority of its readers think the Adler debate is ridiculous.
Finally, contact your local member and/or Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville and let them know that they have a responsibility to base their decisions on facts and evidence, not emotional rhetoric. Remind them that they were put in charge to represent the voting public and not pander to the anti-gun lobby or the agendas of bureaucrats. The best way to get in touch with them at this stage is to call their offices or write emails.
- The Hon Lisa Neville MP
Minister for Police
03 9637 9654
- Find your local member's details here
Gift vouchers for sale
Looking for a gift for someone special this Christmas, but don't want to battle huge crowds at the shopping centres?
SSAA Victoria has the solution for you - buy the person a gift voucher for Springvale or Eagle Park range.
The Association offers a selection of five gift vouchers for purchase at the State Office.
Treat your friends or family to a trip to the range, a taste of pistol shooting or some private lessons, by choosing one of the following:
- $20, $35 or $50 vouchers to spend at SSAA Victoria’s Eagle Park or Springvale shooting range. These can be spent on range entry, eye and ear protection or other merchandise at the range office.
- Two hours of private shooting tuition at Springvale Shooting Range, valued at $100.
- A pistol shoot at Springvale Shooting Range, valued at $180.
For more information about the gift vouchers contact the SSAA Victoria State Office on 03 8892 2777 or visit Unit 3/26 Ellingworth Parade, Box Hill VIC 3128.
Christmas hours released
SSAA Victoria has released its Christmas trading hours.
Springvale Range will be closed from Saturday, December 24 to Monday, January 2. The range will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.
Eagle Park Range will be closed from Saturday, December 24 to Thursday, January 5. It will reopen on Friday, January 6.
The State Office at Box Hill will also shut down over the Christmas period. It will be closed from Saturday, December 24 to Monday, January 2.
Members can check the Christmas trading hours any time by visiting the relevant range page or checking the 'contact us
' page of the website.