Shoot­ing club hails coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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