NSW puts up $800,000 in grants for shooting

The NSW State Budget for the 2024/2025 financial year includes $800,000 in grant funding for shooting sports in NSW, allowing shooting clubs to make vital upgrades to facilities, equipment and ranges.

Following lobbying by Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party leader and upper house MP Robert Borsak, the Safe Shooting Grant Program has been reinstated for the 2024/2025 financial year. 

The grants provide up to $800,000 to assist in providing “safe, inclusive and accessible shooting environments for local communities”.

“I’m glad to see the NSW Government recognising the important and positive contributions shooting makes to our state via the reinstatement of these grants, and I am thrilled SFFP was able to help get them reinstated for another year,” Mr Borsak said.

“Whether you like it or not, everything is politics. The fight is never over. These grants aren’t all there is, there is more to come.”

The grant program is expected to officially open next month, and Mr Borsak encouraged every shooting club in the state to apply.

“Get in there, put an application in and try to get a share of this money — it’s important for all shooters, and shooting in NSW,” he said.

Mr Borsak said the grants would make a significant difference to shooting clubs across the state, and getting them reinstated was just part of the party’s work in fighting on behalf of firearms users.

“Without the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party in NSW in the past 30 years we would see ourselves in a worse situation than in WA at present, let alone having our shooting grants re-instituted,” he said.

“If you want to keep government support of grants and keep shooting and hunting, join the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party, it’s that simple.”

The 2023/2024 Safe Shooting Grant Program assisted at least 24 NSW shooting clubs with a range of projects including upgrading or replacing broken range equipment, purchasing All-Terrain Vehicles to assist elderly/disabled shooters, and installation of electronic target systems.

Recipients included:

  • The Lee-Enfield Rifle Association of Australia: $13,389 to assist with the construction of a six-lane portable electronic target system at the Rankin Springs rifle range.
  • Narrabi Pistol Club: $50,000 to demolish the old open-air air pistol range and replace it with a new building that complies with ISSF competition rules.
  • Bermagui Field & Game Sporting Clays: $49,958 to replace quad bikes with four-seat ATVs to transport disabled and elderly members and visitors around the shooting stations, and to replace five inoperative clay pigeon traps with new traps.
  • Mungindi Border Rifle Club: $46,797 to upgrade the range to electronic targets.
  • Holsworthy Rifle Club: $10,964 for security upgrades to comply with NSW Firearms Registry requirements for the premises.




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Royce Wilson

Royce is something rare in Australia: A journalist who really likes guns. He has been interested in firearms as long as he can remember, and is particularly interested in military and police firearms from the 19th Century to the present. In addition to historical and collectible firearms, he is also a keen video gamer and has written for several major newspapers and websites on that subject.