Man fined for carrying firearms into Alpine National Park
Wednesday 9 August, 2017
Parks Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Mirboo North man for possession of firearms and dogs in the Alpine National Park.
The offences were detected during a joint operation run in March 2016 between Parks Victoria, Victoria Police and the Game Management Authority.
The man had his firearms licence suspended and the Sale Magistrates Court fined him $200 without conviction, plus costs, and placed him on a Good Behaviour Bond.
Visitors should be aware that carrying firearms “in transit” through a National Park is considered possession under regulations. Dogs are not permitted in the Alpine National Park at any time.
Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and GMA staff regularly undertake patrols to ensure compliance with forest and park regulations.
For further information on national parks or hunting on public land visit the Parks Victoria Website at www.parks.vic.gov.au or Game Management Authority at www.gma.vic.gov.au or DELWP at www.delwp.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs:
“Gun owners need to be aware of firearm regulations when travelling into national parks.
Only firearms with a calibre of .270 and above are permitted in the Alpine National Park and only to hunters who hold a current Firearms and Game Licence for the purpose of stalking Sambar Deer.
While most hunters act responsibly, some gun owners are not familiar with the regulations. We urge all visitors to our parks to find out what regulations apply before setting out.”
Media enquiriesGareth Rees
Parks Victoria media centre