Signage at State Game Reserves and deer hunting areas shows SHAP is delivering
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.
“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,” said SSAA Victoria Hunting Development Manager, David Laird.
“Clear signage removes any ambiguity and also demonstrates progress under the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan; which we fully support.”
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 SSAA Victoria, the Australian Deer Association, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Field and Game Australia and Game Management Authority.
“This is a significant milestone for Parks Victoria in supporting sustainable hunting and enabling all Victorians to make the best use of public land,” said Parks Victoria Program Coordinator Sustainable Hunting Action Plan, Mark Pinney.
“Parks Victoria works together with many groups to ensure Victoria’s natural environment is healthy and accessible for a range of recreational activities.”
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.