Recent shooting incidents cause serious concern for public safety

08 Aug 16


Two recent incidents where shots were fired in OneFortyOne’s plantations near Mount Gambier and Casterton are of serious concern to the company due to the threat to personal safety associated with illegal shooting.

The first incident occurred whilst staff were working in a plantation, and reported hearing and more dangerously, feeling, a very high powered gunshot close by. The second incident involved illegal wildlife shooting in plantations in close proximity to where contractors were working.
Shooting is not permitted anywhere within the forest. It poses a very real danger to staff and contractors working in the forest, and to members of the public who are enjoying the recreational opportunities that the forests offer.

General Manager, Willie Van Niekerk said “We are concerned by these incidents as we want everyone to be safe whilst in the forest. Shooting is an unacceptable risk to our team and to the public.”

The Police have been notified about these incidents and OneFortyOne will continue to work with them in both States to keep the forests safe.
If members of the public see anything of concern happening in the forests they are encouraged to call 000 and report it in.

OneFortyOne acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people today.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.