Sale opens new clubrooms
Regulars and visitors to Sale Field & Game can now relax in brand new clubrooms thanks to a $100 000 funding boost from the Victorian Government Shooting Sports Facilities Program.
Members of the Victorian Parliament Harriet Shin, Danny O’brien, and Jeff Bourman paid a visit to the Sale Field & Game club on June 18 to watch Field & Game Australia chairman Rob Treble officially open the new clubroom alongside Sale’s president John Hirt and secretary Deb Meester.
The modern new clubroom gives the club the room it needs to grow and attract more members. “This new clubhouse will ensure the Sale Game and Field Association has the facilities it needs to grow and welcome more members than ever before,” Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said. “Projects like these go a long way to making shooting sports right here in Gippsland more safe and accessible to all, so everyone can enjoy the sport they love.”
The improved family friendly clubhouse has replaced the old tin shed built in the 1970s, and has significantly improved safety and accessibility for members and visitors.
It also gives the club more room to host big regional competitions and events, attracting more visitors to the area.
Ms Shing said shooting sports clubs were one of the many examples where rural communities connected, and clubs like Sale Field & Game played an important role in promoting safe and responsible use of firearms.
She said that was why the State Government was contributing $1 million, as part of the Victorian Budget 2017– 18, to continue the Shooting Sports Facilities Program.
Since 2014, the program has spent $18.2 million through 188 grants that have helped bring ageing shooting club facilities and equipment across the state into the modern era.
John Hirt said with in-kind and volunteer work the $100 000 grant has parlayed into a $288 000 investment in new facilities. “For their $100 000 the State Government has really got bang for buck, but it is fair to say we wouldn’t have done this without the support from the Shooting Sports Facilities Program, or at least not to this scale,” he said.
The in-kind and volunteer effort amounted to $75 000 and Sale members Wayne and Ann Ferguson made a significant contribution through their family company. “They did a lot of earthworks for us at the beginning of the project, it was a massive effort,” John said.
“It is an all-ability facility with better amenities than we had; it is plenty big enough for our needs into the foreseeable future. It also gives us a facility that would enable us to look at events like a National Carnival.”
FGA chaiman Rob Treble congratulates Sale president John Hirt on the new clubrooms