Pol­lie’s cracker shoot

Field and Game - - POLLIE CLAY TARGET SHOOT -

Field & Game Aus­tralia’s an­nual clay tar­get shoot for politi­cians is a chance to get to­gether in a re­laxed and friendly en­vi­ron­ment and for the unini­ti­ated it is an op­por­tu­nity to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing.

Han­dling and us­ing a shot­gun un­der the safe guid­ance of ex­pe­ri­enced FGA vol­un­teers helps to de­mys­tify firearms. Used prop­erly and safely they are just a tool to do a job, in this case smash­ing a small disk as it flies through the air.

We all en­joyed see­ing the smiles of sat­is­fac­tion on the faces of new com­peti­tors when they hit their first tar­get.

For the record, the Shooters, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party, led by Victorian MP Daniel Young took first prize. We hosted com­peti­tors from La­bor, Lib­eral and the Na­tion­als who min­gled with Olympic Women’s Trap gold medal­list Catherine Skin­ner and our youngest shoot­ing Olympian Ais­lin Jones.

Lunch was served by renowned wild food chef Ric­cardo Momesso from 400 Gradi, re­in­forc­ing the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able use.

Im­por­tantly, the event took place at Wil­low­mavin, FGA’S newly pur­chased shoot­ing ground. Our guests were able to see firsthand the beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment set amongst rolling green hills and hear of our plans to de­velop it into a premier na­tional fa­cil­ity.

Se­na­tor Nigel Scul­lion

Nat pack: Tim Mccurdy, Stephanie Ryan and Peter Walsh

Olympic gold medal win­ner Catherine Skin­ner with Victorian Na­tion­als deputy leader Stephanie Ryan

Na­tion­als Se­na­tor Brid­get Mcken­zie with NT Se­na­tor Nigel Scul­lion

Shooters, Fish­ers and Farm­ers’ Daniel Young in win­ning form

Olympic com­peti­tor Ais­lin Jones

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