Shing-shot for local club

Sale Field and Game Association president John Hirt, Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, representing Sports Minister John Eren, Sale Field and Game Association member Gary Howard and Eastern Victoria MLC and keen shooter Jeff Bourman.

Sale Field and Game Association president John Hirt, Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, representing Sports Minister John Eren, Sale Field and Game Association member Gary Howard and Eastern Victoria MLC and keen shooter Jeff Bourman.

SALE Field and Game has hit the bullseye with a modern new clubroom that gives the club the room it needs to grow and attract more members.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing attended the official opening of the redeveloped club rooms at the Longford shooting range on Sunday, made possible by a $100,000 Victorian government Shooting Sports Facilities Program grant.

The funding has allowed Sale Field and Game to revamp its Longford club rooms so more people can try their hand at clay target shooting.

"This new clubhouse will ensure the Sale Game and Field Association has the facilities it needs to grow and welcome more members than ever before," Ms Shing said.

"Projects like these go a long way to making shooting sports right here in Gippsland more safe and accessible to all, so everyone can play the sports they love."

The bigger and better family-friendly clubhouse has replaced the old tin shed built in the 1970s, and has significantly improved safety and accessibility for members and visitors.

It also gives the club more room to host big regional competitions and events, attracting more visitors to the area.

Ms Shing said shooting sports clubs were one of the many examples where rural communities connected, and clubs like Sale Field and Game played an important role in promoting safe and responsible use of firearms.

She said that was why the state government was contributing $1 million, as part of the Victorian Budget 2017-18, to continue the Shooting Sports Facilities Program.

Since 2014, the program has spent $18.2 million through 188 grants that have helped bring ageing shooting club facilities and equipment across the state into the modern era.

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