Liberal Nationals’ plan to better manage game reserves

Friday 26 October 2018

 

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will clean up Victoria’s neglected state game reserves, by giving users a greater role in maintaining them.

There has been growing concern that Victoria’s 200 state game reserves (SGRs) are being poorly managed under Daniel Andrews, with reports pest animals and weeds are getting out of control, damaged fencing and inadequate – or non-existent – signage.

It’s time to clean up our game reserves and give users a greater role in their management.

A Liberal Nationals Government will transfer management functions for Victoria’s SGRs to the Game Management Authority, from Parks Victoria, by making the relevant amendments to the Wildlife Act 1975.

It means members of Field and Game or other registered hunting organisations, will have the opportunity to be part of better management and conservation of our game reserves, for the benefit of these natural environments and the enjoyment of tens of thousands of recreational hunters in Victoria.

Hunting contributes more than $435 million to the Victorian economy each year generating about 4500 direct and in-direct jobs, largely in regional Victoria.

But this is at risk with the threat of a Labor-Greens government.

The Greens are no friend to Victoria’s recreational hunters, with their stated policy objectives including banning all duck hunting and “the end of recreational hunting on public land”.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will support better recreational hunting in Victoria by cleaning up our game reserves and giving users a greater role in maintaining them.

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