President – Rob Parkes
0428 162 332
Location: Branch activities are undertaken at various field locations across the state. Range days are held at the SSAA – Monarto Range and the North Eastern Sports Shooting Club (NESSCI). Quarterly general meetings are held at the Gaza Community Club.
About the Club
The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia’s Conservation and Wildlife Management Branch (SA) (formerly the Hunting and Conservation Branch) works closely with government departments and environmental groups, assisting in conservation programs throughout the state. The C&WM branch, which is run purely by volunteers, has been actively involved in delivering feral and pest animal control programs for government departments, private land-managers and non-government organisations throughout the state since 1992.
We contribute to a range of conservation focused programs such as the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources’ (DEWNR) “Bounceback” program. We are an active member of the Friends of Parks as well as having an association with: the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Preservation Association, Nature Foundation SA, Birdlife Australia, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Bush Heritage Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Our activities provide a species specific and no cost option in removing feral and pest animals. We also assist with wildlife and vegetation surveys, collection of research specimens and empirical data, warren destruction, revegetation activities and restoration of historical sites.
The initial project of the C&WM branch and a prime example of what can be achieved by using hunting as a conservation tool commenced in 1992. The Government of the time required assistance in controlling a dominant feral goat population in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park, 750km north of Adelaide. Continued cooperation between the two groups has resulted in the recovery of vegetation, the return of Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby populations and waterholes to remain clear because goats aren’t fouling the water. The success of this project has led to C&WM being involved in similar initiatives in national parks and private conservation reserves across the state.
Our members are bound by the organisation’s ethics and behavioural guidelines, having undergone an accreditation process involving a full theory course and practical firearms handling and marksmanship assessment. This course and assessment are recognised by DEWNR and endorsed by SAPOL. Successful completion of all components is required before participating in field activities.
If you feel you could use our expertise, or would like to join, please contact us to find out how we may be able to help you and our environment.
When do we shoot
- We have allocated range days throughout the year. However, as our branch is based upon the coordinated control of feral and pest animals throughout the state our activities are field based and occur at various times and locations throughout the year.