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LOCAL SHOOTING CLUBS TO STAY ON TARGET

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Student shooter Lachlan Smyth at the Sebastopol range practicing for upcoming shoot. Watching the cartridges fly after this shot is Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard MP.

MEMBER for Buninyong, Geoff Howard visited Sebastopol Gun Club to witness a clay target shoot and announce a $35,000 Victorian Government grant to help redevelop the club’s facilities.

“Sebastopol Gun Club has been operating from Marty Busch Reserve since 1954, producing local and Olympic champions such as Russell Mark who commenced his career at the club as a 12 year old in 1977,” Mr Howard said. “The club continues to mentor and develop junior shooters while promoting safe and responsible use of firearms.

“This funding from the Shooting Sports Facilities Program will enable the club to modernise Ground No. 1 facilities to comply with current safety standards.

Sebastopol Gun Club Secretary, Neil Haydon welcomed the funding which would also improve disability access for club members and visitors. “I’d like to thank the Andrews Government for supporting our club to upgrade our facilities to meet the last safety, disability and competition standards,” Mr Haydon said. “Whilst our club tradition has produced Olympians, we are focused on encouraging family participation in the sport of clay target shooting by offering a safe and friendly environment.” Ballarat Field and Game has also received funding from the Shooting Sports Facilities Program, with $100,000 to upgrade the club’s facilities in Haddon enabling the club to attract large national events and competitions to the region.

Lachlan Smyth was introduced to the sport by school friends, who in the beginning lent him their equipment. Lachlan is a member of the Beaufort Gun Club but uses the Sebastopol facilities for practice.

“Beaufort is the first club I went to, so I have stayed on there, it’s a good club” he said.

Lachlan has won a number of club shootouts and is still awaiting the big prize.

At his age he shows a lot of promise and has the support of his parents.