SSAA NSW members doing BIG things!

We all know that licensed, law abiding firearm owners come from all walks of life to participate in the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports.

There’s teachers, lawyers, farmers, dentists, small business owners, CEOs …

And now Country Music singers!

Meet Tracey Faith. Tracey has been a SSAA member for six years and in that time has shot regularly at Malabar, Silverdale and St Marys Indoor Shooting Centre.

“I really enjoyed learning to shoot when I was young, so I thought I’d get back into the sport and since then I’ve met so many great friends through shooting. It opened up a whole new social network to me.”

When she’s not at the Range you will find Tracey writing her own lyrics or recording her music and the hard work is paying off as she will shortly launch her much anticipated
self-titled album.

Asked to describe her particular musical style Tracey said it was “raw, energetic and real.”

“There’s a lot of pain on the CD. I write about experiences and I can put a name to every song.”

And Tracey also has a message for Government’s who continue to punish law abiding firearm owners for the actions of criminals with illegal guns.

“We’re not the ones who are committing crimes. The people who commit crimes aren’t the people with firearms licences. They are the ones who get illegal guns from the back of someone’s car. They could shut us down, take our guns away, and it’s not going to change the crime rate one bit.”

We’ll have the full interview in the September NSW Shooter, but we have an advance copy of Tracey’s self-titled album to give away. For more information on how you can win simply visit the SSAA NSW Facebook page.

And for more information about Tracey, and to listen to a preview of some of the tracks off the album, visit her website at www.traceyfaith.com

 

Who will be member 50,000?

The search is on to find out who will become SSAA NSW 50,000th member!

Announced in 2012, the SSAA NSW membership drive is already closing in on the first target of 50,000 members, almost six months ahead of schedule!

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham today confirmed that the 50,000 mark would be reached shortly.

“Based on our current membership numbers, we expect to hit 50,000 sometime in the next month,” said Ms Melham.

“But 50,000 was only the first goal. The full goal was to reach 60,000 members by the end of 2014, and that’s what we are aiming for.”

Ms Melham said that a major focus of the membership drive would be promoting the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports throughout the State and one of the ways SSAA NSW are doing that is with their Mobile Air Rifle Range.

“The Mobile Air Rifle Range has already travelled to Griffith last month. And in the next month we will be visiting Wagga Wagga and Gunnedah to hopefully introduce some new shooters to the sport! The Air Rifle Range is a great way to give newcomers to the sport their first experience with a firearm while being carefully supervised.

SSAA NSW will be keeping a close eye on membership numbers over the next few weeks to try and track down the lucky 50,000th member.

 

Statement on Game Council

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell's decision to immediately disband the NSW Game Council and temporarily suspend all hunting on public lands, will come as a bitter disappointment to the thousands of SSAA NSW members who safely, responsibly and ethically assisted the Government in removing feral pests from State Forests.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham said:

"Our members are concerned at the potential loss of public access, having invested considerable time, effort and expense assisting the Government, at no cost, to reduce the environmental devastation caused by feral pests."

"The Dunn report must serve as a wake-up call to the Government to appropriately fund any new conservation hunting programs. We would also urge Premier O’Farrell to recognise the valuable role of conservation hunters."

To read the full statement please click here.

SSAA NSW will keep members updated on new developments in relation to R-Licence applications and fees as it becomes available.

UPDATE Monday 8 July 4:30pm:


The following information has been posted on the Game Council website in relation to refunds:

R-LICENCE REFUNDS

The NSW Government has advised that refunds are available on NSW Restricted (not General) Game Hunting Licence applications and renewals under limited circumstances.

Please note that the NSW R-licence will continue to convey the same provisions as a NSW G-licence (General Game Hunting Licence) relating to the hunting of game animals (including deer) and gaining access to duck mitigation on the NSW rice fields.

If your NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence application or renewal was processed in the one month from Tuesday 4 June 2013 to Thursday 4 July 2013, you are eligible for a full refund of your licence fee.

Please download, fill in all the required information, and submit the R-licence Refund Request Form to Game Council NSW.

For licences processed one month ago or earlier, the NSW Government has made the following commitments:

If access to State forests or Crown Lands is permitted in the next six months, your NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence will be extended for the equivalent time of the suspension.
If access to State forests or Crown Lands is not permitted in the next six months you will be entitled to a pro-rata refund for the time you have been unable to use your licence.
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE PAID FOR NSW GENERAL GAME HUNTING LICENCES.

All NSW Game Hunting Licences may still be used to hunt game animals on private land, with the permission of the landholder, and are still a pre-requisite for participation in duck mitigation in the NSW rice fields under the NSW Game Bird Management Program administered by NPWS. NSW Game Hunting Licences will also continue to provide holders with $20 million Public Liability Insurance.

If your R licence application has been recently lodged with Game Council, however not yet processed, you may instruct Game Council to either return the form to you or to proceed with your application.

Click here to download the R-licence Refund Request Form

http://www.gamecouncil.nsw.gov.au/

 

SSAA National Sporting Clay Championships

SSAA Hay Branch will host the 2013 SSAA National Sporting Clay Championships 17-18 August 2013.

The event will consist of 200 targets over two days on two different layouts and will prove a challenging test for all competitors.

A two course dinner is available on Saturday night ($15pp) and a spectacular fireworks display is planned!

Camping is also available on the Range.

To download the official flyer please click here

For more information please contact Warren Brown on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ssaahay.org.au 

 

SSAA NSW provides $250,000 in Development Grants

As a not for profit membership organisation our aim is to provide members throughout New South Wales with safe, efficient and enjoyable ranges for their use. One way that SSAA NSW does this is through Development Grants.

Development Grants are open to all SSAA Branches and Affiliate Clubs and can be used for improvements to Range or Clubhouse facilities.

Since 2010 SSAA NSW has provided Branches and Affiliate Clubs with more than $250,000 in Development Grants for a range of different projects.

Some of the projects funded include:

$15,000 to Macksville Branch to upgrade road access

$12,552 to Gunnedah Branch for extension and cover to Benchrest area (pictured left)

$11,933 to Wagga Wagga Branch for improvements to amenities including a meeting room, kitchen and toilets

 

$9319 to Gilgandra Branch for works including new water tanks and pumps (pictured above)

$7491 to Sydney Branch for an update to the kitchen at Silverdale Range

$5475 to West Wyalong Branch for the completion of their 90m Centrefire Range (pictured top)

$4933 to Mudgee Branch for a lockable storage shed and improvements to other facilities

$1932 to Quirindi Clay Target Sporting Club to upgrade power and water supply

$1603 to Buffalo Rifle Association to replace targets

SSAA NSW is proud to be able to support our Branches and Affiliate Clubs through the Development Grant program.

Applications for 2013 Development Grants are now open, so now is the perfect time for Branches and Affiliate Clubs to submit their completed funding applications. For more information please contact Branch and Club Co-ordinator Kim by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here