ON TAR­GET FOR MORE SHOOT­ERS

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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

Greg Ten­nent

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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