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Leading Sports Shooting Body

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) was incorporated as a public company on October 1, 1973. We exist to promote the shooting sports and protect firearm owners' interests.

With more than 36,000 members, SSAA Victoria is a leading body representing licensed firearm owners in Victoria. SSAA Victoria has more than a dozen branches and more than 30 sub-clubs and disciplines within the organisation.

SSAA Victoria News

CPM applications open

SSAA Victoria is looking for 60 members to join its highly regarded team of Conservation and Pest Management (CPM) operators. The CPM program, in which volunteer operators assist Parks Victoria in controlling pest and invasive species on Parks Victoria-managed land, has enhanced the role of hunting in the community. Accredited SSAA Victoria members are given the opportunity to participate in pest control operations in some of Victoria’s unique and iconic parks and reserves. While conventional hunting skills are required, it is a pest management program. Many operations are carried out at night, using specialist equipment, and potential volunteers should ensure they have the availability and technical skills necessary. A commitment to participate in programs on a regular basis is required. To address an oversupply of accredited operators, two years ago SSAA Victoria began reviewing, revamping and/or revalidating all areas of the CPM program. A pool of hundreds of operators – many of whom rarely participated in the program – has been reduced significantly. Now there is room to bring on new volunteers The Association developed a new CPM course in collaboration with Parks Victoria. It consists of four theory modules and a practical marksmanship assessment. This course is designed to ensure the CPM program is conducted in an ethical and humane manner and that volunteers show respect to the animals, the environment and to the Association. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program, not all applicants will be successful. Courses will be conducted on a needs basis and successful applicants will be notified when and where courses will be held. If you believe you have the skills, experience and dedication to join our team, please complete the application form. Completed applications can be emailed to the CPM Manager Rhys Coote at rhys.coote@ssaavic.com.au or posted to Unit 3/26 Ellingworth Parade, Box Hill, Victoria 3128.

Board election results announced

SSAA Victoria hosted its 2017 Annual General Meeting at the Hotel Bruce County on Sunday, September 17. Forty-five members attended the meeting, where the 2016/17 financials were adopted and the results of the Board elections were announced. President Denis Moroney was re-elected to the Board, along with Secretary Ross Farmer. Former Board member Henry Rogers was also elected, along with Shepparton committee member Marion Barnes. Junior Vice President Luke Silverback was unsuccessful in his re-election attempt and Phil Brown chose not to nominate at the end of his term. The results of the postal ballot were: Denis Moroney 2030; Henry Rogers 1782; Mel Warner 1620; Ross Farmer 1644; Marion Barnes 1847; Luke Silverback 1582; Tim Brooking 1515; Trevor Dennis 1454. The new Board members will be officially inducted tomorrow.

Board welcomes female member

SSAA Victoria is ready to officially induct its first female in five years to the current 11-person Board of Directors. Marion Barnes – who has become known in shooting circles through her role as Publicity Officer of the SSAA Shepparton Branch – will be inducted to the Board after a hotly-contested election. The Kyabram local is a staunch Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party supporter and was recently elected to the state executive of the party. Her public persona was launched when she was appointed to the Shooting Sports Facilities Program committee in 2015. SSAA Victoria has not had a female Board member since 2012, when Zdenka McCaskill left the Board. Zdenka was appointed to the Board in 2008, and made secretary in 2011. As the first woman on the Board since, Marion said her appointment could “break down the male-dominated appearance of SSAA Victoria”. She said her inclusion would show the membership that anybody, regardless of gender, had the opportunity to provide leadership of the organisation. Marion will be officially inducted to the Board tonight. For the full story read the October edition of the Victorian Shooter, out next week.

A good outcome on LRD conditions

In an ongoing commitment to reducing regulatory burden and improving services for the firearms industry, Victoria Police's Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) has committed to removing two reporting requirement conditions for approved hunting clubs and organisations. Approved hunting clubs and organisations will no longer be required to provide written advice to the Chief Commissioner regarding those members who cease financial membership or written advice regarding decisions to accept or refuse new memberships. SSAA Victoria first became aware of the issue in October 2016 and has been in discussions with LRD since that time. The decision to remove the conditions has been achieved through consultation and mutual consensus with LRD, SSAA Victoria, Field and Game Australia and the Australian Deer Association. We consider this outcome a win for everyone, especially our members. Members should be aware that SSAA Victoria never reported lapsed, refused or accepted members to LRD.
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