Are your recovery straps up to date with new safety legislation? After a two year transition period starting 1st January 2018 the Federal Government enforced a new standard for safe use of recovery straps which came into enforcement from 1st January 2020.
An independent expert panel appointed to review the Wildlife Act 1975 is calling for public submissions to ensure the revised Act is fit for purpose and in line with Victorians’ values and expectations.
The Act, which protects and conserves wildlife, has not been reviewed since it became law more than 45 years ago.
The panel, chaired by Dr Deborah Peterson, was established in December 2020 by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.
Four Wheel Drive Victoria has been advised of a conservation program in the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and Black Range State Park between March and October 2021.
Heritage listed for its biodiversity and cultural values, the Grampians landscape is home to more than 800 indigenous plant species, a wide range of wildlife and the majority of Aboriginal rock art sites in south-east Australia.
To help protect this unique landscape, Parks Victoria regularly undertakes conservation programs to control invasive animals, including feral goats.
Four Wheel Drive Victoria has been advised that Parks Victoria are conducting deer control in Bunyip State Park. To continue to protect environmentally sensitive areas, control will expand into a larger area of the park and start earlier in the evening as daylight hours shorten.
Control is being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors, Victorian Pest Animal Control (VPAC). These activities are done in accordance with an Authority to Control Wildlife permit issued by the Game Management Authority.
Make sure to follow Tread Lightly principles when out in the bush. They are:
- Take out what you take in. Even clean up the mess of others.
- Stay on formed tracks.
- Drive with minimal impact on 4WD tracks.
- Extinguish campfires with cold water until cold to the touch.
- Leave no trace of your visit.
- Be considerate of other bush users.
- Educate yourself, do a 4WD driving course.
- Let someone know before you go, don't travel alone.
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