Duck Shooting at the Western Treatment Plant

Subject: Duck Shooting at the Western Treatment Plant
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 13:30:41 +1000
That loop hole can be closed with a stroke of the pen by the relevant Minister by extending the boundaries of the sanctuary. Also shooting out over the bay should be a no-no on public safety grounds. A 12 gauge shotgun, with a 31/2" shell with a good charge of powder and large shot, is still potentially harmful at ranges of several hundred meters, particularly if one is shooting high; what goes up, comes down at 9.8m/s squared.

Carl Clifford

On 05/05/2009, at 12:38 PM,  wrote:

The loophole, i asumme, is that they are on the foreshore, shooting
outwards over the bay.

"Wendy" <>
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05/05/2009 12:34 PM

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Re: [Birding-Aus] Duck Shooting at the Western Treatment Plant

Thankyou Paul for informing us of this and for your actions at the time.
I have no doubt others are following this up officially.
I was rather alarmed and surprised by the implications that this was
officially sanctioned, although I thought Melbourne Water, not DSE were
managing body. I would also be concerned that local Victoria Police would
not know shooting is not allowed in a Wildlife Sanctuary.
There are signs around the adjoining Farm saying "No Shooting" surely it
the same for the WTP?!

Here are some extracts from their (MW) and other websites:-
The Western Treatment Plant is an important refuge for waterfowl during
drought and the duck hunting season."

"? The Western Treatment Plant is a declared Wildlife Sanctuary. Hunting,
disturbing, capturing or destroying animals and birds is strictly

"? Carrying of firearms or crossbows on a Sanctuary is an offence and
persons shooting on land used for primary production are liable for
prosecution under the Firearms Act and forfeiture of firearms.

"? Dogs, cats and other domestic pets are not permitted on site. "

"There are rare birds, migratory birds, and thousands of ducks and wading birds that use Lake Borrie and the adjacent wetland habitats. ...... Birds like the Pink Eared Duck and the Chestnut Teal come here as a safe haven
the duck season. No shooting is allowed. "


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