Legislative Council passes bill to increase hunting opportunities in Victoria

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The Victorian Game Management Authority (GMA) is one step closer to having the powers necessary to expand and promote hunting in the state, following today’s upper house passage of a private member’s bill by Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Member of Parliament Daniel Young.

The Legislative Council today passed the Game Management Authority Amendment Bill 2017, which will next be tabled in the lower house Legislative Assembly.

“It is great to see this bill successfully pass the upper house,” Mr Young said.

“The Andrews Government needs to stop talking and take action. They now must commit to hunters, and the communities that support hunting, and put this bill through the lower house.”

Mr Young said the amendments would expand the GMA’s role from strictly regulatory to proper management, which falls in line with the objectives of the state’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-2020.

“The Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan is a hallow promise without implementing legislation to expand the GMA’s role. Likewise, the GMA cannot fulfil the plan’s objectives without the legislation being proposed,” Mr Young said.

“The Game Management Authority has been held back due to the limited nature of functions and objectives provided in the act, as it currently stands. The potential for a body such as the GMA is of enormous value to hunters and this state, and cannot be overstated. The amendments in my bill will support the GMA’s ability to deliver by creating the necessary legislation.”

If adopted, the bill will amend the Game Management Authority Act 2014 would give the GMA greater functions to actively support the development of recreational and commercial hunting in Victoria. It would also have a greater role in educating hunters and the public about the rights and obligations associated with game hunting.

The amendments mirror the legislative objectives and functions of the Victorian Fisheries Authority, created by the Victorian Government last year.

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