Politicians take aim in Kilmore

23 September 2016

Friday 23 September 2016

Victorian politicians from both sides of Parliament came together today at the Kilmore Field and Game range, a location secured by funding from the former Liberal-Nationals government.

The annual Politician's Clay Target Shoot, run by Field and Game Australia, was held at Willowmavin, a property purchased with $750,000 from the former Coalition government in 2014.

At the time, a lease on the land was in danger of expiring - purchase of the property means it will be used by future generations.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said it was great to see the benefit this funding provided to the local area.

“People of all ages can get involved with clay target shooting as a sport and this funding was aimed at increasing participation levels in the region,” Ms Ryan said.

“As well as the $750,000, we also contributed $17,114 towards clay target traps to support the "Come and Try Day" program to increase youth participation, as well as insulate, reline and provide sliding doors to the existing clubhouse to improve the general amenity.”

The Clay Shoot is usually held at Lilydale range, but this year was moved to Kilmore to due to the grant.

Field and Game Australia general manager David McNabb said the bipartisan support from those who had taken the time to investigate and understand what shooting sport brings to the local community was much appreciated.

"This is a great opportunity to provide a safe shooting environment, particularly in light of growing urbanisation and the increasing urban rural divide, which has taken away the historical opportunity for people to be tutored in the safe and appropriate use of firearms," Mr McNabb said.

"The growth of recreational shooting sports demonstrates a clear demand for shooting in our increasingly urbanised society. Thanks to the former government for providing the funds to keep this facility up and running."

Ms Ryan said the annual clay shoot offered something both sides of parliament could take part in.

“This is a great opportunity for some of the city-based Labor members to get out of Melbourne and see some more of what Victoria and the Euroa electorate has to offer,” Ms Ryan said.

"It was terrific to see Olympians Catherine Skinner - who won gold at Rio - and the youngest competitor in the shooting team Aislin Jones accept The Nationals' invitation to the day, they were wise and patient coaches.

“While the day was about light-hearted competition, I also think it was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the issues in the Kilmore area such as the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass and the issues its delay is causing for local residents.” 

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