Top-notch $80,000 in­door tar­get prac­tice range a big boost for re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD

A NEW $80,000 in­door shoot­ing range in Childers is al­most fin­ished and, when opened, will al­low the town to host state shoot­ing cham­pi­onships.

Isis District Small Bore Ri­fle Club pres­i­dent of eight years Larry Dunks said the shed had been a long time com­ing for the Childers club, which had ap­plied for many grants to fund the fa­cil­ity.

“Seven times we’ve put in grants for this build­ing and on the sev­enth time we get it,” Mr Dunks said.

He said the new shed would cost about $80,000 and thanks to a suc­cess­ful Sport and Re­cre­ation grant, the club would only need to con­trib­ute about 20% of the to­tal cost.

But as con­struc­tion of the shed pro­gressed, he said the costs were adding up.

“As you go along you re­alise there’s more things you want,” Mr Dunks said.

The fa­cil­ity will open many doors for the Childers club, which was pre­vi­ously limited by its out­door open range.

“We’ve been shoot­ing out in the open on the main range,” Mr Dunks said.

“We haven’t got any air ri­fles be­cause we’ve never been able to shoot.”

Mr Dunks said shoot­ers and vis­i­tors to the range would feel the ben­e­fits of the new range.

“It’s go­ing to be air con­di­tioned and be­cause we haven’t got power, we need to have gen­er­a­tors,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to have all LED light­ing in it as well.

“We’re just putting on the fi­nal touches.”

He said the new fa­cil­ity would be top notch and the only one of its kind in the Wide Bay and sur­round­ing districts.

Mr Dunks said the clos­est in­door shoot­ing fa­cil­i­ties of this qual­ity were in Glad­stone or Ca­bool­ture.

“Twelve people can stand be­side each other while they’re shoot­ing,” Mr Dunks said.

“We can host state cham­pi­onships but we won’t quite be good enough for na­tion­als.”

He hoped the new fa­cil­ity would be used by in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors who trav­elled to Aus­tralia and looked to keep up prac­tice be­fore tak­ing part in the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.


STRAIGHT SHOOTER: Larry Dunks, from the Isis District Small Bore Ri­fle Club, is thrilled with the new $80,000 in­door shoot­ing range that will al­low the club to host state ti­tles.

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