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Range Officer Training Update
Range Officer training courses were suspended last year pending the adoption of new Range Officer Policy. The policy has taken some time to draft and was held up for a period of time as we sought clarification from SSAA (Vic) insurers on parts of the policy.
Recent incidents at both Eagle Park and Springvale ranges and the outcomes from the subsequent investigations conducted by Police and Worksafe have also been considered in the development of the policy. The policy is now due to be tabled at the next Board meeting in two weeks.
Once the policy has been adopted this will enable me to progress with implementation.
As a heads up on the draft policy, there will be an application process introduced for new RO applicants and applications will need to be endorsed by the applicant’s Branch or Sub-Club. The training program will be revised to also address short falls identified in the post range incident investigations by Police and Worksafe. This process will make sure the training and accreditation program has a high degree of rigour and ensure that the expected standards are met. There will also be a process introduced to ensure Range Officers remain active and current.
As a stop gap until the role out of the revised course there will be two courses delivered in March and April at Springvale Range for both the re-qualification and full course. If there are any other Branches or Sub-Clubs who urgently need to qualify new RO’s or re-qualify existing RO’s please contact State Office.
I will up-date you again as we progress with implementation of the policy.
Springvale Range 5 has been re- approved by LRD and is again opened for business.
Will be trialling opening 7 days a week from February.
Mon – Fri 5.00-9.00pm
Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm
Bruno’s Cafe will also be opening 7 days a week for a trail period starting next week.
Eagle Park 5 stand shotgun range
The five stand range is closed pending certification from Victoria Police. As soon as the range is certified we will advise of its reopening
2015 Duck season
The 2015 Victorian Duck Season has been announced.
The 2015 duck hunting season will commence on Saturday 21 March at 7.10am in the eastern zone, 7.20am in the central zone and 7.30am in the western zone, and closes half an hour after sunset on Monday 8 June, 2015.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford today announced a full-length duck hunting season of 12 weeks with restrictions to the daily bag limit.
The daily bag limit will be 10 ducks on opening day, with a five per day bag limit for the remainder of the season.
For further details please see the media release on the Victorian Premier website http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/dry-conditions-lead-to-changes-to-2015-duck-season
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