Originally Posted by AusLach
Oh this is great news for us gun nuts just before an election isn't it?! Sorry to hear about your range, my thinking would be to buy some cheap land if possible and start focussing on your rifles..
Hey, I hear northern NSW is a pretty good spot
Yeah, and it gets (possibly) worse. Don't know if it's just an unnerving coincidence, but today the Federal Govt (ie bloody Peter Garrett & Gillard) handed over parts of Malabar to the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Hell, as if there wasn't enough parks/bush for the public to walk in now
They talk about "environmental heritage" sites...effing hell what about the "heritage" that is our national history? The fact that the generations who fought at Anzac Cove/Gallipoli/Tobruk/Kokoda/Nui Dat trained here...on the ground I stand on every weekend? That everytime we shoot on the range we dedicate that day's competition to the memory of a specific battle commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation so that we might live in unoccupied freedom today?
My club has been operating in its present form at ANZAC since 1923, and the range itself has been in existence in one form or another since the 1850s, and is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. Isn't that
Makes me kinda sick to tell the truth...sorry but I'm just a bit effing riled up atm National Parks decision sparks rifle range concerns
By Sally Block
An environment group has welcomed a decision to turn parts of a Sydney headland over to National Parks, but has raised concerns about a nearby shooting range.
Two areas of the Malabar Headland have been handed to the National Parks and Wildlife Service by the Federal Government.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett made the announcement yesterday.
The Friends of Malabar Headland have been campaigning for more than a decade to have it become a national park and say they welcome the decision.
But a spokesman for the group, Peter Ryan says they will be asking for the Anzac Rifle Range in the centre of the new park, to be moved.
"It's incompatible land use with shooting ranges and public access behind those shooting ranges," he said.
"We'll be asking what's the status on finding an alternative site to enable the national park area to be gazetted and allowing public access."
Mr Ryan says a lot of people do not realise the area is accessible to the public and are put off by the shooting clubs that use the rifle range there.
One of those clubs is the Sporting Shooters Association of Sydney.
Its President Rob Carnell says the area has been used for shooting practise since the Boer War. He says there are at least 20 shooting clubs that use it now and he says so far, no-one has been injured.
Mr Carnell says there are plenty of warning signs and it is not dangerous.
He says they even share their area with a horse riding school.
"There are some other clubs that work there," he said.
"There's a model aeroplane club, there's a trail riding club, a horse riding school that actually is on the range and we work around them so that we don't shoot when they're around and vice versa.
"So I don't anticipate any issues at all."
The National Parks and Wildlife Service says the rifle range area is not being handed over to the State Government at this time and is staying with the Federal Government.
A spokesman for the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says the rifle range is the subject of discussions with the New South Wales Government.
Rob Carnell says he could imagine governments would love to sell the land that makes up the shooting range.
"I can anticipate a government that would love to get their hands on that piece of land and re-develop it and sell it as waterfront property to make a fortune."
But he says after more than one hundred years of shooting on the site the cost of cleaning it up for housing would be prohibitive.National Parks decision sparks rifle range concerns - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Trying not to get all 'conspiracy-theory' about it & think that the anti-forces are sticking the knives in now that the Shooters Party will most likely lose their balance of power in the NSW Upper House, now Roy has passed on...
But your thoughts start to get a bit wild under these kind of circumstances
I've been told that details of the lease agreement NSWRA has Commonwealth Govt regarding the range state that if it is to be closed, a suitable replacement within the Sydney basin
must be found before any shooters are kicked off it. Trouble is, there's only one area within Sydney which could house centrefire rifles up to 800m...and that's Holsworthy army base.
Understandably, the ADF said "not bloody likely!" to that suggestion!
Cessnock & HillTop near Bowral have also been suggested, but that's hardly anywhere even vaguely near Sydney. I could never travel that far every weekend anyway.
If we did all have to get off the range, I would have to give up my licence/s in any case, as my "genuine and legal reason" would be null & void. Guess you can always buy my safes if that happens, Aus...just for god's sake stay up in Queensland, OK? lol