Field & Game Australia

Hunting future funds

In a pre-budget announcement Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford restated the
Government’s support for hunting and released details of a broad ranging $5.33 million funding package over four years.

Ms Pulford said ensuring that hunting in Victoria continues to be a safe and sustainable recreation for future generations is a key focus for the Andrews Labor Government.

"Responsible hunting benefits farmers and is a recreational pastime for thousands," she said.

"It’s vital that we continue working hard to ensure that people who want to hunt, can do so in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”

The announcement, made at Field & Game Australia's Heart Morass wetland in East Gippsland will support:

• Government agencies working with
hunters to improve the promotion of
responsible hunting, provide better
hunting opportunities, and ensure our
game species remain sustainable.

• The development of a Sustainable
Hunting Action Plan, to be delivered
later in 2016.

• The improvement of information on;
and access to State Game Reserves

• The Australian Deer Association — to
coordinate its members participation in
controlled culls of invasive deer species
on public and some private land.

• Funding will also continue for firearm
safety courses.
Victoria's 48 000 licensed game
hunters make a significant contribution to
the state’s economy, with an estimated
$439 million spent annually.

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