LOCAL GUN CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SAFE SHOOTING GRANTS

LOCAL GUN CLUBS URGED TO APPLY FOR SAFE SHOOTING GRANTS

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall pictured with Guyra SSAA Vice President Tom Keys, left, Secretary Andrew Thompson and Trudy Keys. The club received funding through last year’s program.

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today encouraged gun clubs and sporting shooters groups from across the region to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Safe Shooting Program before applications close on 18 February 2016.

Mr Marshall said the main aim of the program was to increase the safety at shooting facilities across the state as well as during club sponsored activities held away from a club’s permanent base.

He said that incorporated, community based not-for-profit shooting, hunting or collecting clubs could apply for up to $20,000 per project.

“The types of projects that attract funding can include upgrades of firearms, refurbishment of ranges, new amenities blocks, canteens, capital equipment and facilities to comply with WH&S legislation,” Mr Marshall said.

“The construction of new fixed and portable facilities and infrastructure or the enhancement of existing facilities will also meet the criteria for funding as well as the development and delivery of training programs to improve safety and compliance.”

Mr Marshall said four Northern Tablelands shooting clubs and associations received more than $39,000 in grants last year to upgrade their ranges and improve their security systems.

“I had the pleasure of visiting all four sites last year – the Armidale Rifle Club, Inverell RSM Pistol Club at Delungra, the Guyra SSAA Branch and the TAS Rifle Club in Armidale – they’d all received substantial grants to improve the safety standards of their sites,” he said.

“This program is another great opportunity for other clubs in our region to secure funding to undertake a much-needed project to make their sport safer and attract more participants.”

For more information and to apply, visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au

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