Finally tracked down the press release on this - our taxes being spent to
Creation of Game Victoria signals new era
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
From the Minister for Agriculture and Food
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh has signalled a new era
for game management in Victoria by today announcing the creation of Game
Victoria within the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
Mr Walsh said the creation of Game Victoria delivered on the Coalition
Government's election commitment to give Victoria's game hunting community
a stronger voice and better enable the promotion and growth of the game
"Victoria has world-class game hunting opportunities and is the envy of
game hunters across Australia," Mr Walsh said.
"The Victorian Coalition Government encourages people to make the most of
the opportunities to hunt and fish and enjoy recreational activities that
form part of our heritage.
"More than 40,000 Victorians are licensed to hunt game, an increase of 30
per cent since 1996. That number is likely to keep growing as game
populations and their habitats recover from years of drought."
Under the changes, the responsibility for delivering game management
services has been moved from the Department of Sustainability and
Game Victoria will operate in a similar way to the successful Fisheries
Victoria model in supporting the development of recreational fishing.
Mr Walsh said Game Victoria would focus on working with the peak game
- promote game hunting as a popular recreational activity, an important
traditional pastime and generator of jobs,
- develop improved hunting opportunities,
- develop new opportunities for game guides and similar businesses,
- support conservation projects, including habitat rehabilitation and
invest in game species research,
- improve education and advisory programs for hunters, and
- develop a longer term strategy for sustainable game management and
Mr Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government recognised the enormous
support game hunting provides to local economies in regional Victoria.
"The activity generates more than $70 million each year and supports jobs
in hospitality, the supply of vehicles, boats, firearms and ammunition,
plus camping and hunting equipment," Mr Walsh said.
"The hunting community also works tirelessly to restore and improve
habitats and control pest animals across the state."
Other changes announced today include the creation of a new standing
council on hunting and game to provide advice to the Minister, particularly
on the development of a Victorian Game Hunting and Management Strategy.
Game Victoria will call for nominations for the council in February next
On 29 December 2011 06:51, Dave Torr <> wrote:
> And the even better news is that they are spending our taxes on creating
> an agency to boost the number of hunters!
> On 28 December 2011 18:45, jenny spry <> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Have you heard the wonderful news? The magnificent Victorian Government
>> extended the Duck season for 2012:
>> The Age newspaper says: "Victorian Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh
>> today went to Yarrawonga, on the Murray River, to announce an expanded
>> and quail shooting season for 2012, with shooters allowed to kill up to 10
>> birds a day for 87 days.....The season will run from March 17 to June 11
>> and be the state's biggest since 1999"
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