Labor Government Helping Grassroots Clubs Shoot For The Sky

14 October 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victoria’s shooting sports clubs update tired clubrooms and build the facilities they need.

Minister for Sport John Eren today awarded Shooting Sports Facilities Program grants to 71 clubs, who will share in $3 million funding. The grants will help clubs improve safety and ensure everyone can get involved.

Funded projects include upgrades to ageing clubrooms, new facilities for the growing number of female participants and improved access for people living with a disability. Clubs will also benefit from new rifle ranges, target systems and shooting platforms.

The Labor Government is committed to helping Victoria’s shooting sports clubs grow, and the grants do just that. The grants will mean clubs can welcome new members, better accommodate people of all abilities and strengthen pathways from the grassroots level to the elite arena.

Victoria has a proud history of producing some of Australia’s top shooters, including Olympic champions Russell Mark, Deserie Baynes and Adam Vella. Shooting sports clubs are where communities connect and enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation, and promote the safe and responsible use of firearms.

The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is ensuring all Victorians have access to safe, modern sport and recreation facilities. The Government is also rolling out 1000 life-saving defibrillators at grassroots clubs in case of emergency.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“We want our sports clubs to be safe, modern and welcoming to every member – no matter their ability, their gender or where they live.”

“Shooting sports clubs are where regional Victorians get together and make friends, people learn the importance of safe and responsible firearm use and aspiring shooters become elite stars.”

“Victoria has a proud history of producing Olympic shooting champions, and investments like these will help uncover the next Russell Mark or Deserie Baynes.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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