Sale opens new clu­b­rooms

Field and Game - - FGA BRANCH NEWS -

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

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