Firearm offence

PARKS Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Traralgon man in the Sale Magistrate’s Court for an incident of possessing a firearm without authority in the Alpine National Park, earlier this month.

The man was charged under section 44(1) of the National Parks Act 1975 for possessing a gun or other weapon in a National Park.

The man pleaded guilty to the charge and the magistrate imposed a 12 month good behaviour bond, a $250 fine as well as payment of court costs.

Parks Victoria’s regional enforcement co-ordinator Martin Downs said anyone who intended to enter, transit or camp in a national Park needs to be aware of the relevant State Game and National Park regulations which detail what is allowed and what type of activities are permissible.

“In the case of the Alpine National Park, only specific calibre firearms are 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,” Mr Downs said. 

Mr Downs said that outside of these dates there is an annual exclusion period and the hunting of Sambar Deer or the possession or transportation of firearms in the Alpine National Park is not permitted.

Mr Downs added that there are open seasons and bag limits in Victoria for game deer, duck and quail which allow for great hunting while also ensuring the sustainable management of species.

The Game Management Authority is responsible for regulating all game hunting activity in Victoria and it is the responsibility of hunters to make sure they are aware of the relevant regulations.