Greater Shepparton shooting sports community is celebrating today, after securing funding to develop an environmental management plan for their facilities.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today 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) will receive $42,276 in funding for improved modifications of their shotgun range
- Cosgrove Gun Club will receive $45,000 in funding for a facilities upgrade
- Shepparton Field & Game will receive $86,000 in funding for an upgrade of their onsite storage.
As part of the assessment process for grant applications for round 3 of the Program, a number of the 18 clubs will be required to undertake environmental management plans.
Once the plans are finalised, the clubs will receive funding to undertake their facilities projects.
Projects eligible for funding include environmental protection works, upgrading outdated and non-compliant facilities, developing more accessible and inclusive facilities, improving the integrity and safety of ranges, purchasing equipment and developing secure storage facilities.
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.
The Andrews Government is committed to supporting the shooting sports community to reduce potential health and environmental risks through collaboration with clubs, associations and peak bodies via the Shooting Sports Facilities Program.
Since the introduction of the Shooting Sports Facilities Program in 2014, the program has contributed $19.4 million towards Victoria’s shooting sports sector. This investment has vastly improved the quality and sustainability of shooting sports facilities across the state whilst also increasing participation rates and membership figures, specifically female participation.
The program funding is part of the Andrews Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, and to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“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.”