A private members’ bill that would see the Victorian Game Management Authority’s power expand passed the Legislative Council last week.
The bill, brought by Shooters, Fishers and Farmers member Daniel Young, would see the GMA’s role transition from strictly regulatory to management, in line with the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2016-2020.
Mr Young said the bill, which will next be tabled in the lower house Legislative Assembly, would deliver ‘‘enormous value to hunters’’.
‘‘The Andrews Government needs to stop talking and take action. They now must commit to hunters, and the communities that support hunting, and put this bill through the lower house,’’ he said.
‘‘The government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan is a hollow promise without implementing legislation to expand the GMA’s role. Likewise, the GMA cannot fulfil the plan’s objectives without the legislation being proposed.’’
If adopted, the bill will amend the Game Management Authority Act 2014 and give the GMA greater functions to actively support the development of recreational and commercial hunting in Victoria.
It would also have a greater role in educating hunters and the public about the rights and obligations associated with game hunting.
The amendments mirror the legislative objectives and functions of the Victorian Fisheries Authority, created by the Victorian Government last year.