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Government's hunt grants

Projects to promote safe, responsible and sustainable hunting will be funded under a new grant program.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas today announced grants were available through the $5.3 million Sustainable Hunting Action Plan 2021-2024 (SHAP) to fund a range of activities, which will maximise the benefits of hunting for the environment, economy, regional communities and hunters.

The announcement said:

Eligible projects could include regional game food events, habitat restoration, conservation projects, hunter education or research.

Individual grants of up to $80,000 are now available to enhance game habitats, increase knowledge of game species and grow the industry.

More than 55,000 licenced game hunters make a significant contribution to Victoria’s economy through a range of hunting purchases including equipment, accommodation, meals and fuel.

The State Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan supports licenced game hunters to increase the popularity of hunting, improve animal welfare, undertake research and increase the role of Traditional Owners in managing the land where hunting takes place.

The latest Sustainable Hunting Action Plan is providing $1 million to implement the Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy, which was a key achievement of the first action plan.

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