ON TARGET FOR MORE SHOOTERS
IT IS not often you see your local councillor and state member handling weapons, but this wasn’t your ordinary day.
Councillor Tony Ricciardi and Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett had turns testing Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club’s new range, which was officially opened last Friday.
The pair, along with councillor Lynne Forgan, Bundaberg Sport and Recreation officers and members of Isis, Bundaberg and Maryborough rifle clubs, converged on the Horvath St facility to celebrate the range.
President Larry Dunks said he had made seven applications for funding through the years and toasted local members for their support.
Secretary Greg Tennent paid tribute to local and state members for their
This new range puts our club in a position to host state championships
help, which delivered an international-standard air pistol and rifle range.
“We wouldn’t have been able to get this facility up and running without their help,” Mr Tennent said.
“We now have a fully accredited range to international standards, and we have to thank BRC, the Queensland Government and State and Recreation.
“This new range puts our club in a position to host state championships and that will have economic benefits for the broader community.”
Cr “Deadeye” Ricciardi turned the tables on his hecklers, stepping up to the red line and nailing his only shot through the “10 ring”.
Mr Bennett, as well as members of local media, had no such luck.
State Government contributed $54,000 to the project through the Get Playing program, which is part of the Get in the Game initiative supporting grassroots sport and recreation.
Mr Bennett highlighted other impacts the rifle range could have on the community, saying it had the potential to benefit people’s well-being.
“This has the opportunity to take the sport even further in the local community,” he said.
“These great new facilities will improve training opportunities for club members and encourage new participants to sign up and get involved in the sport.
“We want to see people active and social, which can help not only their physical well-being but their mental well-being. It’s about getting people out and active.”
Mr Dunks said the club would soon be able to host night-time shoots, while the 12-bay range could attract new members.
RIGHT ON TARGET: Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club president Larry Dunks (right) addresses the crowd while secretary Greg Tennent (left) and Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett look on.