Na­tional Car­ni­val a joint ef­fort

Wodonga Al­bury Field & Game is the of­fi­cial des­ti­na­tion for the 2017 Na­tional Car­ni­val on Novem­ber 4 and 5 but in or­der to make history by op­er­at­ing six grounds it has be­come a joint ef­fort.


Wodonga Al­bury pres­i­dent Mark Reynolds said a record num­ber of squads was a big chal­lenge and keep­ing shoot­ers mov­ing through the stands would re­quire a lot of ef­fort.

“We are well on the way to hav­ing a great Na­tional Car­ni­val,” he said.

“It isn’t just our branch, we have the sup­port of Co­bram who will op­er­ate two grounds and Be­nalla who will also man­age two grounds, we are all in it to­gether.”

Mark said the smooth flow of com­pe­ti­tion would de­pend as much on the com­peti­tors as the or­gan­is­ers.

“Hav­ing six grounds we will have roughly 180 shoot­ers out at any one time so there won’t be as much time in be­tween, per­haps an hour be­tween rounds,” he said.

“It is a lit­tle bit daunt­ing hav­ing six grounds but we have the room, I have paced it out. We will also have quite a good num­ber of cherry pick­ers and a 100 ft boom lift for el­e­vated tar­gets.”

Now in the fi­nal few months of prepa­ra­tion, it has been a long haul for the Wodonga Al­bury mem­bers, who started think­ing about host­ing the Na­tional Car­ni­val a long time ago.

“From three years ago, we first had ideas to run the Na­tional Car­ni­val again; the club needed money and im­prove­ments >>

to our fa­cil­i­ties,” Mark said.

“It was put to the com­mit­tee way back then and they were happy with the idea but we couldn’t do it straight away, we had to build our­selves up.”

In the past year the branch re­ceived $92 000 through the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Shoot­ing Sports Fa­cil­i­ties Pro­gram and it has been spent wisely.

“We have put that and more back into the club up­grad­ing the kitchen, new water tanks, re­li­able power sup­ply, toi­lets and 10 brand new traps.

“We also have a new five stand fa­cil­ity, which is a great ben­e­fit with ex­tra stor­age and shed­ding.”

The five stand will be used as the prac­tice range for the Car­ni­val.

Mark said the branch was now ready to host an­other Na­tional Car­ni­val.

The ground is only 15 min­utes from Wodonga and Mark hopes many com­peti­tors will make it a fam­ily trip.

“Al­bury Wodonga is a great spot and being a long week­end for many there’s plenty to do here: the snow is an hour away, and we have all the winer­ies and food in the re­gion.“

Ac­com­mo­da­tion is some­thing to think about with Mid­night Oil al­ready sell­ing 8000 tick­ets to a per­for­mance in Al­bury on the Satur­day night.

“We want ev­ery­one to drive away from here say­ing it was one of the best shoots they have ever been to; we think they will,” Mark said.

Wodonga Al­bury pres­i­dent Mark Reynolds

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