McDonalds Swamp State Game Reserve will be the first demonstration project under Victoria's Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP).
A key objective of the Plan is to ensure sustainable hunting through cooperation with hunting organisations to improve habitat, management of pest species and improved data collection.
$200,000 has been allocated under SHAP for the demonstration project at McDonalds Swamp SGR which will be used to improve habitat. The collaborative project will see Field & Game Australia working with Parks Victoria, the North Central Catchment Management Authority and Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Vic).
McDonalds Swamp SGR is the first of two demonstration sites to be chosen. The project follows the audit of all State Game Reserves which highlighted gaps in management regimes, access and signage.
The collaboration with hunting organisations will develop new new management principles which will be demonstrated on site.
Field & Game Australia development manager Daryl Snowdon said the chosen SGR has had ongoing issues with the ability to manage appropriate water levels which has resulted in an abundance of reeds and little open water.
"This is a great opportunity to address those issues so the wetland can benefit more effectively from the watering plan that has been in place for several years," he said.