The Nationals plan to better manage Gippsland game reserves
An elected Nationals Government will clean up neglected state game reserves in Gippsland South, by giving hunters a greater role in maintaining them.
If elected, The Nationals will transfer management functions for Victoria’s state game reserves (SGRs) to the Game Management Authority.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said it’s time to clean up our game reserves and give hunters a greater role in their management.
“There has been growing concern that our state game reserves have been poorly managed for some time, with reports pest animals and weeds are getting out of control, of damaged fencing and of inadequate – or non-existent – signage,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I’ve also had a lot of complaints from hunters about poor access tracks which are often virtually impassable.
“State game reserves are a great asset to our community, bringing hunters and their families into our region that spend in our local cafes and shops, providing a healthy boost to our regional economies.”
There are six SGRs located in Gippsland South; Dowd Morass, Heart Morass, Lake Coleman, Jack Smith Lake, Freshwater Swamp (Ballong) and Lake Denison.
Hunting contributes more than $435 million to the Victorian economy each year generating about 4500 direct and in-direct jobs, largely in regional Victoria.
Mr O’Brien said this commitment will mean local members of Field and Game or other registered hunting organisations will have the opportunity to be part of better management and conservation of our game reserves.
“Jobs and the economic boost hunting provides our state’s economy is at risk with the threat of a Labor-Greens government,” Mr O’Brien said
“The Greens are no friend to Victoria’s recreational hunters, with their stated policy objectives including banning all duck hunting and ‘the end of recreational hunting on public land’.
“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will support better recreational hunting in Gippsland South by cleaning up our game reserves and giving hunters a greater role in maintaining them.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with members of Sale Field and Game at Jack Smith Lake, near Woodside, recently.