Man prosecuted for possession of a firearm in the Alpine National Park
Friday 1 March, 2019
Parks Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Neerim man in the Sale Magistrate’s Court for possession of a firearm in the Alpine National Park.
The man was caught during a targeted enforcement operation carried out in January 2018 and charged with possession of a firearm in a National Park. All firearms are prohibited in the Alpine National Park between 15th December to the 15th February to ensure visitor safety during the peak summer season.
The man received a $750 fine and was ordered to pay costs of $213.
“Hunters are permitted to carry and use certain calibre firearms for the purpose of hunting deer within designated areas during the permitted period.” said Parks Victoria Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs.
“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.”
Mr Downs 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, Game Management Authority, the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning and the Victoria Police conduct regular patrols in parks and forests to deter illegal activities. Breaches of regulations can lead to court prosecution and severe penalties.