Shooting club hails council
Porirua Shooting Association’s future has been secured following a Porirua City Council decision to exclude its range from becoming part of Belmont Regional Park.
In October the 270-member association appealed to the Porirua council to protect it during a transfer of Waitangirua Farm land to Greater Wellington Regional Council, which does not allow shooting in its parks. The 2.3 hectare shooting range is still in the path of Transmission Gully, but the NZ Transport Agency has promised to find the association another site when the motorway is built.
The council’s decision is a huge relief, says Ian Murray, president of the Wellington Rifle and Gun Club.
The association’s lease runs until 2014, with an annual renewal thereafter until Transmission Gully work begins.