Re Duck Shooting at the Western Treatment Plant

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Subject: Re Duck Shooting at the Western Treatment Plant
From: "Paul Hackett" <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 17:05:41 +1000
Hi All,

Regarding the shooters at the Western Treatment Plant apparently the official 
rule, as Peter Fuller and others mentioned, is that they can shoot as long as 
they are within 30 metres of the high tide mark and that they shoot out to sea. 
The 3 shooters I saw there on Saturday did not arrive by boat, they parked at 
the Beach Road boat ramp car park and walked down. The police officer, a Senior 
Constable, who attended did not appear to be turning a blind eye although as 
the shooters had permits she was reluctant to remove them unless I could prove 
that they were not allowed to be there. I did make a few phone calls and one 
guy from Melbourne Water explained the 30 metre rule to us. Technically they 
were trespassing and causing extensive damage to the vegetation in the 
construction of their hides. If they were shooting overhead and swung toward 
the road, following a duck, a passing birder would cop the full brunt of shot 
from 3 metres. There is a sign on the Beach Road Gate in red letters saying No 
Shooting. It seems ridiculous when all they have to do is walk a few metres and 
they can shoot freely. Surely an exception to the rules can be made for the 
Western Treatment Plant. In regard to the Orange-bellied Parrots, they frequent 
and often fly past the exact area where these guys were shooting. Imagine the 
up roar if one of these precious parrots was found to be shot. The parrots 
alone should be reason enough to ban shooters from shooting anywhere along to 
coast from Geelong to Point Cook. Where is Minister Ian Campbell when we need 

Cheers Paul

Paul Hackett

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