Page 2625 - Week 07 - Thursday, 18 June 2009

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5. Proficiency tests were previously conducted during February/March, but conflicted with the cull season which runs from March to July. The proficiency testing for the 2009 and 2010 seasons was conducted during September and November 2008. The accreditation was conducted by:

• First Response Security (responsible for assessing shooter accuracy);

• PCL (responsible for conducting a macropod identification test); and

• the ACT Firearms Registry (provide licence checks and assist with weapons safety requirements).

6. Personnel involved in proficiency testing include:

• two staff from the ACT Firearms Registry;

• two members of Programs Coordination Section, PCL;

• two members from First Response Security; and

• the rural police may occasionally attend.

7. Yes. Two Firearms Instructors (Authorised by the Australian Federal Police) (AFP) were engaged as a Range Officer and Range Safety Officer to ensure compliance with range safety requirements and provide a recommendation as to the shooters competency and skills. At least one of these persons is required to hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

8. No licences are issued to shooters. Shooters who pass the proficiency test are issued with a ‘Kangaroo Cull Permit’ by the AFP. Landholders are issued a ‘Licence to Cull Kangaroos on Rural Land’ by PCL.

9. Approximately $6,440.

10. No licences are issued to shooters (see 8 above). All participants must fully meet the accreditation requirements in order to be issued with a Kangaroo Cull Permit.

11. Only rural lessees are provided information regarding the upcoming proficiency test. Rural lessees then nominate shooters. Once expressions of interest/nominations have been received, PCL contact nominees to inform them of the nature and time of the program. It is up to landholders to nominate to PCL either themselves and/or a shooter to attend the accreditation.

12. Yes.

13. Yes.

14. No. PCL sent information packs to rural lessees about the upcoming 2009 culling season. Shooters have never been sent information packs regarding upcoming culls.

15. Yes. An information pack was posted and emailed to the Rural Landholders Association.

16. If a person did not participate in the proficiency test then their ‘Kangaroo Cull Permit’ would lapse. The person is then removed from the list of Accredited Kangaroo Shooters.

17. Yes.

18. McIntosh Rifle Range, Majura Road.

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