Richmond River Gun Club president Mark Formaggin and treasurer Nathan Gordon with Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and MP Thomas George at the handing over of funds for the club.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Richmond River Gun Club president Mark Formaggin and treasurer Nathan Gordon with Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and MP Thomas George at the handing over of funds for the club. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Richmond River gun club locked and loaded for upgrades

THE Richmond River gun club has a range of facility upgrades in its sights, thanks to a $10,000 State Government grant.

Gun club president Mark Formaggin said the upgrades would make a big difference for club members shooting at night and for both local and visiting disabled members.

"Some of the money's being spent on the lights," he said.

"For a lot of working people, night shooting's become very popular and so we run that for six of the 12 months during the year.

"There's some extra disabled access with these paths that run down, because we do have some members in wheel chairs and a lot of visiting members.

"There's also large cement paths that run down in front of the trap houses, so they can be loaded safety and there's vehicle access to run them down there safely.

"There's a little bit of working to be done with a small bit of concreting here so people can park in the disabled parking zone."

The Wyrallah Rd gun club has about 100 members.

It regularly hosts competitions with visiting members from as far afield as Sydney, Brisbane, west Queensland and west New South Wales.

Local Government Minister Paul Toole and Lismore MP Thomas George presented the gun club with an over-sized cheque for $10,000 yesterday.

"This Richmond River gun club is respected right throughout the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland," Mr George said.

"They draw a lot of visitors to this area, but they've also specialised in providing disability services to cater and allow for people that have a disability to be able to use this premises."



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