Protecting our natural environment from wild deer


Andrews’ Labor Government is reducing the devastating environmental impacts of wild deer with the first region-specific deer control plan in Victoria.

Minister of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Periurban Deer Control Planestablishing a long-term coordinated approach to controlling wild deer numbers in the eastern and northern outskirts of Melbourne.

The plan sets out a long-term, coordinated approach to reducing the threat that wild deer pose to the environment, agriculture, public safety and Indigenous cultural heritage.

High priority waterways, national parks and reserves will be targeted for deer control in Manningham, Knox, Cardinia, Whittlesea, Nillumbik and Yarra Ranges council areas.

Additionally, $250,000 in grants will be made available to local councils and land managers to undertake safe control activities, including sustainable hunting.

Wild deer pose a significant threat to native plants, wildlife habitat and water quality, and damage community assets and sites of Indigenous cultural significance. They also pose a risk to public safety, causing an increasing number of traffic accidents.

The plan was developed in collaboration with traditional owners, land managers, local governments and representatives from conservation, hunting and community groups. It supports the Victorian Deer Control Strategy as part of the Labor Government’s long-term plan to protect Victoria’s natural environment, Biodiversity 2037.

The $1 million plan is part of the Labor Government’s nearly $500 million investment in biodiversity, the largest funding of any Victorian government dedicated to improving the state’s natural environment and halting the decline of native plants.

The government has invested $18 million to reduce deer impacts, a key component of Sustainable hunting action plan. It complements the government’s expansion of areas where deer can be hunted for recreational purposes and legislative changes allowing hunters to harvest wild deer for personal use.

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As Minister of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said

“We are taking action to safely control Victoria’s wild deer population and reduce the significant negative impacts they have on our wildlife and biodiversity.”

“We worked with local communities and experts to develop a robust plan that not only protects our environment from the impacts of wild deer, but also increases public safety.”

As Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said

“Deer hunters have an important role to play in limiting the devastating impact of wild deer on our environment, which this plan will address.”

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