Legal hunting areas are set to be clearly marked with uniformed signage to make them easier for hunters and the general public to identify in a move praised by SSAA Victoria.
Parks Victoria outlined plans under the State Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP) to help guide hunters to State Game Reserve land at a meeting held late last month.
The meeting was attended by SSAA Victoria and other key stakeholders in the five-year SHAP project which commenced in 2016.
SSAA Victoria Hunting Development Manager David Laird said it was a positive step which showed PV was committed to delivering better outcomes for hunters.
“Currently, many of Victoria’s 200 SGRs are incorrectly signed or not signed at all,” he said.
“Uniform signage will make it easier for hunters and the general public to know where hunting is allowed.
“This will reduce confusion, better enable hunters to comply with legislation and reduce complaints where well-meaning people genuinely believe that hunters are shooting in prohibited areas.”
PV said at the meeting that signage will also clearly mark access points and routes to SGRs. A number of these routes are not currently obvious as they follow unmarked road reserves that appear to be private property or are fully fenced off.
“The new signage will alleviate uncertainty and ensure hunters can gain legal access to the reserves,” Mr Laird said.
Signage will also be rolled out where hunting is allowed in Victoria’s National Parks.
“Again, this will enable hunters to more clearly identify where they can hunt,” Mr Laird said.
“Just as importantly, it will let the general public know that hunting is a legal and legitimate activity in those areas.”
Mr Laird said SSAA Victoria was “extremely pleased” that progress is being made in the SHAP program and looks forward seeing the signs on the ground by the end of the financial year.
“SSAA Victoria has been supportive of many elements contained in the SHAP, but has been critical of the reporting and accountability shortfalls and lack of any concrete progress on most deliverables over the past couple years,” he said.
“This signage project is a very positive step which shows PV is beginning to deliver on its responsibilities and has engaged with hunting organisations to have meaningful input.
“The appointment of a dedicated person within PV to implement the SHAP has obviously made a considerable difference.
“SSAA Victoria is pleased to see that PV has made that level of commitment to the plan.”