Detailed planning for the Violet Town Shooting complex renovation has begun
THIS week the East Central District Rifle Association and the Euroa Clay Target Club were focused on the detail of the plans required to upgrade the toilet block, the access and parking at the Violet Town Shooting Complex.
The toilet block was built in the 1970s and has served the users of the site well but it is no match for the needs of 2018 including those of the disabled.
The access road which was eroded badly during the intense storms from 2010 onwards and thanks to the expertise of the members, it has been maintained in serviceable condition but it is in desperate need of reforming to provide all weather access and safe parking.
The parking area is littered with the tops of granite boulders that are just the thing for the unwary visitor to damage their modern vehicles with low ground clearance.
The renovation of access roads and designation of parking areas will eliminate random trafficking over the site and allow for better flora management.
The members of the governance committee met and confirmed that the proposal met the key requirements of the Shire’s planning scheme, as provided last week, and the strategic directions for the expenditure of the shooting sports development grant funds.
Now the hard work begins as plans are prepared for the approval of the members of both clubs and then the relevant authorities.
Significant discussion focused on how the building would be used to ensure access for all abilities and allow the onsite servicing of the 2m square, 300mm deep targets, that weigh 80kg each.
It is hoped that the members will have the detailed project plan, some construction plans and prices to consider before Christmas.
In the next fortnight, the road and parking area works will be discussed with the earthmoving contractor to determine the best timing of these works.
Shooting this week was on Wednesday due to the long weekend and the Police Rifle Club Long Range Prize Shoot in Bendigo on November 10.
Peter Daldy got the practice off to a good start with a 50.4 out of 50.10 and then he was immediately trumped by Marty Kelly with a 60.5 out of 70.10.
The weather was very pleasant and the ‘Violet Town wind’ was there, quite gentle yet (as it proved) hard to read.
The idea of shooting at 300 yards was to minimise the effect of the wind and shoot some good groups.
Well the second part , the good groups were shot in the vertical plane showing that the shooters were on song but the wind ensured that Marty and Peter were the only ones to shoot a ‘possible’.
As the shooters packed up and settled into their lunch, it was agreed that it had been a good day to practice and everyone had developed ways to better read ‘that’ wind.
The scores for the day were:
T-Rifle - Peter Daldy 50.3, 48.7 = 98.10
F-Std: 1. Brian Houlihan 58.1, 56.4, 58.4 = 171.9
2. Richard Godden 51.1, 55.3, 54.3 = 160.7
F-TR: Marty Kelly 60.5, 59.6, 40.2, 33.1, 54.2 = 246.16.
Shooting next week will be at Bendigo and Violet Town so please check the web site (ecdra.org.au) for details of the Violet Town shoot.
Some of the members will be heading to Bendigo for the annual Police Rifle Club Long Range Prize shoot where they acquitted themselves very well last year.
We wish those well who will be contesting the long range.