FGA welcomes Renmark Berri and Waikerie
Field & Game Australia continues to grow in South Australia with new branches at Renmark Berri and Waikerie.
Both branches have established shooting grounds in the Riverland region, complementing the existing Barmeramoorook branch, which is conservation based and manages the Loveday wetland.
Field & Game also has active branches at Keith (see page 78) and Kingston SE.
Waikerie Field & Game is one of the Riverland’s longest operating gun clubs and holds regular competitions as well as supporting local hunting.
The ground is 12 km from Waikerie on Gun Club Rd. “It would have been one of the original gun clubs in South Australia,” president Nick Carter said. “We are on the edge of an escarpment and there is a gully running down one side and down the back of the ground, we have down the line layout with lighting and a skeet layout but we have been shooting Simulated Field for more than 20 years.”
Waikerie is a small club that wants to grow its membership under the FGA banner. “We will grow, we had Barmeramoorook over for a shoot because they don’t have a shooting ground,” Nick said.
Waikerie has listed a couple of come and try days in June and has also moved three shoots to a Saturday with Renmark-berri shooting the following day so visitors can travel to the Riverland for a weekend of competition.
Nick said the decision to leave SAFGA and affiliate with Field & Game Australia had been well received. “The commentary has all been very positive including unsolicited comments that the support and professionalism of Field & Game has been a breath of fresh air,” he said.
Renmark Berri President Tony Trevorrow said the branch, which has 45 members, was also excited to be part of the FGA family. “We are hoping to grow our membership; we’ve had very positive feedback since we made the move,” he said.
The club has been around for more than 50 years and the shooting ground on 220 ha between Renmark and Berri is owned by the branch. “We have the clay target range but are also a very hunting oriented branch with ducks and pest animal control,” Tony said. “We also manage Woolenook, which is a great place for duck hunting.”