Letter to the Editor (Coastal state game reserves)
Friday 22 June 2018
Victorian shooters are rightly concerned by Daniel Andrews’ quiet launch of a major review of coastal wetlands and waterways.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) review includes “any Crown land along Victoria’s coast”, an area that takes in many state game reserves.
In media reports this week, Field and Game Australia chief executive Richard Light raised concerns about what this might mean for hunters’ access to land – and he’s justified in his concerns.
Every time VEAC does an investigation under Labor, Victorians lose rights of access.
Just take a look at its River Red Gum Forests investigation which recommended restrictions on dispersed camping and removing grazing from public land along the Murray River.
The Andrews Labor Government must guarantee its latest review isn’t just another attempt to undermine Victoria’s state game reserves.
Daniel Andrews can’t be trusted to do the right thing by Victoria’s recreational hunters.
Only the Liberal Nationals support our hunters and retaining our existing state game reserves.
Member for Murray Plains
Leader of The Nationals
Shadow Minister for Agriculture