SSAA Victoria State Office welcomes a new team member this week with the appointment of a new Conservation and Pest Management program assistant manager.
Savvas Savva takes on the role from January 21 to fill a vacancy left by Rhys Coote who is taking his family on the adventure of a lifetime before settling interstate.
The CPM assistant manager role involves coordinating the many volunteers who take part in pest and problem animal control programs through the year on Parks Victoria managed land.
Savvas has run his own pest management service for the past three years and understands the needs of landowners and other organisations who have issues with pests.
“It’s good to be a part of an organisation committed to achieving positive conservation outcomes,” he said.
“I look forward to working closely with our many volunteers and bringing them together with the appropriate Parks Victoria programs to use their particular skills.
Savvas will also look at expanding the Farmer Assist program. “My experience in working with farmers means I have a good understanding of their needs and expectations.
“So one of my key tasks will be to further develop our relationships with farmers in rural Victoria to provide pest control opportunities for our members.”
Savvas will be working through the many volunteers on the SSAA Victoria CPM database to match them with real opportunities to shoot.
He is reporting to Hunting Development Manager David Laird who said he was looking forward to continuing to find ways to provide hunting opportunities for SSAA Victoria members.
“It’s important that we provide members who have proven themselves to be competent shooters the opportunity to be involved in control programs,” he said.
“We expect there to be more opportunities, but to ensure those opportunities we need to maintain the skill levels of our volunteers and ensure all targeted animals are dispatched humanely.
“Our CPM Accreditation Course is designed to ensure we set and maintain a high standard of volunteers.”
The next CPM Accreditation Course is due in April this year.