De­tailed plan­ning for the Vi­o­let Town Shoot­ing com­plex ren­o­va­tion has be­gun

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORTS -

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.

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