National Park firearm charges

PARKS Victoria successfully prosecuted two men in the Morwell Magistrates Court in two separate incidents of possessing a firearm and other weapons without authority in the Alpine and Wilsons Promontory National Parks.

The men were each charged under the National Parks Act 1975 for possessing a gun or other weapon in a National Park.

The men pleaded guilty to their charges, and the magistrate imposed a good behaviour bond plus costs to each man.

Parks Victoria regional enforcement co-ordinator Martin Downs said anyone who intended to enter or camp in a National Park needed to be aware of the relevant state game and National Park regulations.

“In the case of the Alpine National Park, firearms are only permitted for stalking Sambar deer in parts of the park between February 15 and December 15 each year, subject to the firearms user holding the appropriate firearms and games licences,” he said.