Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall discussing plans to upgrade shooting ranges with Glen Innes Pistol Club Reserve trustees Wayne Unicombe, left, and Rick Bowen.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced a $5,889 grant for the Glen Innes Pistol Club to undertake some structural repairs at the club’s air pistol range.
The local MP made the announcement during a recent visit to the club to inspect facilities and discuss plans to make further improvements to the club’s ranges.
Mr Marshall said the funding had come from the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF), from which the Northern Tablelands secured $413,572 in this round for a variety of projects across the region.
“The funding allows Crown Reserve Trust managers to maintain and improve their infrastructure, amenities and other facilities,” he said.
“Public reserves are wonderful assets that are highly valued by local communities so I’m pleased to assist the Glen Innes Pistol Club secure this funding so it can do the repair work necessary to keep their ranges in good working order.
“Members will now be able to rebuild the security wall around the air pistol range – the old timber fence has collapsed so there is quite a bit of work required there to bring in up to national standards.
“They also want to line, insulate and paint the shed and upgrade the lighting so they can secure a national classification rating.
“This will mean the club can host higher standard competition which will attract more top-class shooters from across the country to Glen Innes
“Other than these necessary upgrades, the club has a long list of jobs that they are slowly working on. It’s a work in progress and, as they have lots of volunteer labour, they have managed over the years to save themselves a lot of money.
“It’s a great little club and I was delighted to be able to assist them in the securing this funding.”
Glen Innes Pistol Club President Rick Bowen welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to provide funding for their project and thanked Mr Marshall for his support.
“We are keen to attract high level shooters to compete at the club so we are delighted we can go ahead with this project to rebuild the security wall,” Mr Bowen said.
“This funding is great, it helps small clubs like ours and we’re very pleased to have received Adam’s support.”