Game bird shooting venture near Geelong

Subject: Game bird shooting venture near Geelong
From: Russell Woodfod <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 00:44:33 +1000
The following article appeared in "The Geelong Advertiser" on Thursday July 26
I am sorry that I can't acknowledge the author, but the article is on their website and does not give this information.

Little River farm used for bird hunts at $2000 a head

CLAIMS shooters are paying $2000 a day to hunt game birds at a Little River property are under investigation by City Hall.

Werribee resident Eric Bullmore has admitted to conducting commercial hunts of pheasants and partridge on his 248 hectare farm known as Little River Gaming Reserve. The council is believed to have sought legal advice as to whether Mr Bullmore requires a planning permit for the venture following objections from adjoining property owners.

Speaking on radio recently, Mr Bullmore said he hosted about two small groups of shooters each month to kill non-indigenous game birds bred on the property. ``Mine is, it's a privately owned game reserve. I'm the proprietor. We breed and release non-indigenous game birds for hunting,'' Mr Bullmore said on 774 ABC. ``You could probably come and hunt birds for about two thousand dollars.''

Mr Bullmore yesterday maintained he was within his legal rights to take experienced shooters on paid hunting expeditions. ``These are friends who come up, but they pay for the opportunity to hunt there,'' he said. ``Really, the council have had legal advice, and the legal advice is there is nothing they can do.'' The Department of Natural Resources and Environment confirmed Mr Bullmore was one of five people in the state granted a commercial gaming licence which was subject to strict controls.

But neighbouring land owners like David McKenzie are adamant the venture should require a planning permit. Mr McKenzie and two other neighbours have asked the council why nothing was being done to stop him conducting intensive animal husbandry and commercial hunting. He told this week's council meeting it was disruptive to neighbours and inappropriate considering the property was near the Earth Sanctuary tourist attraction. ``It's stirred up a bit of wider interest in the community who are uncomfortable with what he is doing,'' Mr McKenzie said after the meeting. ``If we have to apply for permits to do things on our property, so should he.''

Mr Bullmore, who ran on a sporting shooter's ticket in the recent city council elections, said Mr McKenzie should ``get a life''. He said the birds were raised with ``extreme loving care'' and strict criteria was enforced regarding who was allowed on the property. He defended the practice of animals being bred in captivity and released for pleasure shooting, saying shooters could no longer rely on past hunting practices. ``This is a sustainable, environmentally sound model that has been developed in the UK and Europe,'' Mr Bullmore said. ``There is no chance of the wrong birds being shot. What we provide there is a safe hunting experience.''

Mr Bullmore has also re-applied for a permit to conduct clay target shooting on his property after his initial application was rejected by the Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal. He said he was confident the permit would be granted after addressing VCAT's concerns, including reducing the number of shooting days from seven to two per week.

Cr Michael Crutchfield said the city had transcripts of the radio interview and was ``more than interested in the alleged comments''. ``Council has been under the understanding he has been adamant he wasn't going to run the gaming ranch,'' the councillor said. ``The recent comments on radio at first hand appear to conflict with those statements.'' He said Mr Bullmore's comments would be taken into consideration by officers and councillors when it considered the clay target permit application at a special panels hearing on August 6.

The city did not respond to requests for information yesterday.


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