A new resident of the Lake Hawthorn area has expressed concerns over the area being part of the Duck Shooting opening this weekend

Ms Debbie Fitzgerald who lives right on the edge of Lake Hawthorn and in the process of doing up the old Snakes and Ladders as a tourist place called the Garden of HOPE Mildura INC, has reservations about duck shooters being given access to the wetlands area.

“I also have a bed and breakfast right by the lake and  have been noticing an increase number of people using the nature walks and pathways around the edge of the lake,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“I would be very concerned at numbers of duck shooters to this area as it would put recreational walkers at an increasing risk, along with the residents who live in the vicinity.

Last year the sound of gun shots just after dawn around Lake Hawthorn on the opening of the Duck season led to a flood of calls from people to the Police.

It was then Police spoke to at least three duck hunters, who agreed to move away to find another location but it was later established by Police that the Government had allocated the area to duck shooters and the shooters had been in their rights to be there.

Local member for Mildura Peter Crisp said that in the Mildura Rural City Council area only three designated areas had been granted to shooters and all were near residential areas.

He said he had raised the matter with the Government several weeks ago.

Seven of the eight species of game duck can be hunted during 2018.

They are, Pacific Black Duck, Mountain Duck , Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, Pink-eared Duck, Wood Duck and Hardhead.

Shooters are advised that the Blue-winged Shoveler can not be hunted during the 2018 season due to their continued low numbers.