Shooting sports clubs in Shepparton on target for environmental funding

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GREATER Shepparton shooting sports community celebrated last week, after securing funding to develop an environmental management plan for their facilities.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp announced that three Shepparton clubs were amongst the 18 across the state to benefit from the third round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Shooting Sports Facilities Program.

The successful recipients include the Shepparton Branch of Sporting Shooters Association Australia (SSAA), which will receive $42,276 in funding for improved modifications of their shotgun range, the Cosgrove Gun Club will receive $45,000 in funding for a facilities upgrade and the Shepparton Field & Game will receive $86,000 in funding for an upgrade of their on-site storage.

Potential contamination of current and former shooting ranges by lead and other materials is a challenge for the shooting sector. It is vital that clubs consider the risk posed to the public health of neighbouring communities and the general public.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said, “Our investment in the Shooting Sports Facilities Program is helping ensure the long term future of the sport, and helping our shooters hone their skills with modern safe facilities.

“We’re supporting the shooting community to reduce potential health and environmental risks through collaboration with clubs, associations and peak bodies.

“I congratulate the successful clubs on securing this funding and look forward to seeing their projects progress.”