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Hunters set the benchmarks for the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan

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When the Andrews Government came to power in Victoria in November 2014 we made sure that they understood that delivery of an action plan for hunting was a key priority for Victoria’s 48,000+ licensed game hunters.

The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP), delivered late last year, includes a number of very positive initiatives that are the result of the Government listening to what the Australian Deer Association (ADA) and Field & Game Australia (FGA) have been telling them.

The onus is now on us, as much as it is on Government to deliver on the SHAP in a meaningful way for Victoria’s hunting community.

We take our role as the representatives of all game hunters (members or not) very seriously and we expect to be held accountable for how we perform.

Likewise it’s important to keep track of how all of the stakeholders in the SHAP are performing in order to ensure that we realise the best results for hunters.

ADA and FGA have been working together to develop the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the SHAP. That’s right – ADA and FGA have drawn up the ‘score card’ to see how well the government is keeping its promises for hunting in Victoria.

The Government have not shirked the issue, they have openly embraced the scrutiny and worked constructively with us to develop KPI’s that are meaningful, deliverable and accountable.

The SHAP is important and a ‘business as usual’ approach simply won’t cut it – we are not waiting around to be consulted at the edges after the bureaucracy have developed how they think the initiatives in the SHAP should look – we are actively helping to shape them from the get go to ensure that they deliver for the most important stakeholder in this process – Victoria’s hunters.

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