Man is fined over firearm possession in national park

PARKS Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Neerim man in the Sale Magistrates’ Court for possession of a firearm in the Alpine National Park.

The man was caught during a targeted enforcement operation carried out in January last year, and he was charged with possession of a firearm in a national park. He received a $750 fine and was ordered to pay costs of $213.

All firearms are prohibited in the Alpine National Park between December 15 to February 15 to ensure visitor safety during the peak summer season.

Parks Victoria regional enforcement coordinator Martin Downs said hunters were permitted to carry and use certain calibre firearms for hunting deer within designated areas during permitted periods.

“All hunters and owners of firearms need to be aware of National Park regulations when intending to travel into or through national parks with firearms,” he added.

“While most hunters act responsibly and within regulations, it is disappointing that some firearms owners ignore these regulations when in the Alpine National Park.”

Parks Victoria, the Game Management Authority, the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning and Victoria Police conduct regular patrols in parks and forests.

Breaches of regulations can lead to court prosecution and severe penalties.

For more information about legal hunting, phone 131 963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or www.gma.vic.gov.au.