On Tuesday, July 25, SSAA Victoria attended a workshop – hosted by the Game Management Authority (GMA) – on behavioural issues of some hunters during the duck opening weekend. There was a particular emphasis on Koorangie State Game Reserve. GMA has been tasked with preparing a report for Agriculture Minister Lily D’Ambrosio on the problems identified over the weekend and possible solutions.
SSAA Victoria’s Hunting Development Manager, David Laird, and Chief Executive Officer, Jack Wegman, attended the workshop, along with representatives from Field and Game Australia, Shooting Sports Council of Victoria, GAMECON, Victoria Police, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Several issues were discussed, including early shooting and shooting of protected species. SSAA Victoria suggested greater enforcement activities on duck opening weekend to ensure the minority of hunters doing the wrong thing were held to account. It also called for more funding for GMA to assist in education campaigns. Other industry groups made suggestions, some of which were supported by the Association and others which were not.
There were no definitive outcomes from the workshop on the day. It was a consultative process and GMA will now consider the results and make recommendations to the Minister. Once those recommendations are announced, members will be informed and an appropriate response will be developed.