Two great stories from SSAA NSW Wagga Branch

Our good friends at SSAA NSW Wagga Branch have had not just one, but two, great stories on their local nightly news in the past week.

The first story is a recap on the recent Try Shooting Day held in Wagga where more than 50 people were introduced to the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports. The Branch also managed to raise in excess of $500 for a local charity !! A great day !!

You can watch the story by clicking the image below.

The second story was about a fantastic local junior - Roy Gow - who is definitely a name to remember for the future !!

Watch the story on Roy's achievements by clicking the image below.

Congratulations to SSAA NSW Wagga Branch on these great stories and for all your efforts in promoting the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports !!

Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook wins International award

SSAA's venture into game cookbooks has proved a hit both at home and internationally after Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook recently took out the prestigious title of Best New Cookbook in Australia at the Gourmand International Cookbook Awards in France.

SSAA NSW recently spoke with Rachael Andrews, SSAA National's Media Officer, who told us one of the key factors in the rise of game cookbooks was the "MasterChef phenomenon."

"People are watching these amateur chefs use meat such as quail or kangaroo or goat and they're realising there is something more than chicken, beef and lamb that they can put on their plate."

Rachael said that 'Field to Fork' was created by the SSAA Media and Publications team because of the fear some people have when using game meats.

"We're trying to take the mystery out of cooking with game meat."

And the recipes are easy to try at home according to Rachael because the cookbook uses flavours people are already familiar with such as satay, sweet chilli and honey barbeque.

Asked what her favourite recipe was, Rachael was unable to choose just one.

"The bacon topped roast rabbit, purely for the ease of cooking and the great flavours created by crispy bacon and the roasted rabbit. But if I can have a second favourite it would be the Moroccan Goat with Roasted Vegetables."

Field to Fork - The Australian Game Cookbook is available online at Field to Fork cooking and would make a great Christmas present for the experienced cook or the novice in the kitchen.

SSAA NSW set membership goals for 2013/14

SSAA NSW will aim to increase their membership which currently sits at 43,000 to more than 50,000 in 2013 and over 60,000 by the end of 2014, according to SSAA NSW President Mr Paul McNabb.

"This represents an increase of almost 40% across the two years", said Mr McNabb.

Mr McNabb said SSAA NSW would aim to attract more  juniors as well as the family and friends of existing members to reach their target.

"One of the best ways we can promote our sport is to encourage members to bring their families and friends along to the Range."

Mr McNabb said the Association was very confident of reaching, if not exceeding, their target.

"These are ambitious numbers, but the popularity of the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports has exploded in recent years."

Check back regularly to for the latest information on the membership drive and to stay up to date with the latest news, information, photos, events and results related to the shooting sports in NSW.

To read the media release please click here.



SSAA (NSW) Coffs Harbour successful in court proceedings

On 24 July 2012, the Local Court of New South Wales in Grafton dismissed the court proceedings brought by Padraig and Lynette McGuire against the SSAA (NSW) Coffs Harbour Branch Inc and ordered the the McGuires pay the legal costs incurred by the Coffs Harbour Branch on an indemnity basis, bringing the long running legal saga to a close.

In December 2010, without prior notice, the McGuires brought a lawsuit against the Coffs Harbour Branch, claiming around $29,000.00 as “commercial rates” for earthworks he carried out at the Branch’s range in Dairyville, on top of the around $8,500.00 he has already been paid by the Branch.

The proceedings have dragged on for so long mostly because of defaults by the McGuires.  In the first few months, the McGuires did not turn up to court for their own lawsuit.  Finally, on 7 June 2011, when they turned up for the first time after the Court indicated that it would throw out the case otherwise, they were ordered to file their evidence by 26 August 2011.

The McGuires did not file any evidence in 2011.  What they did file in 2011 was an Amended Statement of Claim, asserting that the Branch’s committee authorised this payment on 28 June 2010, two days before they were removed by an SGM of the Branch.  This claim necessitated the joining of the other 5 members of the then committee as parties to the proceedings.

Meanwhile, the McGuires ignored or rejected all settlement offers made by the Branch from August 2011 to 6 June 2012, with the last offer having been made by the Branch in open court.

On 6 June 2012, the Court dismissed all applications made by the McGuires and granted all applications made by the Branch.  These included orders that the McGuires pay $29,000.00 into the Court as security for the Branch’s trial costs (because of their delays and changing addresses) and for the trial of the cross-claim involving the other committee members to be deferred until after the trial between the McGuires and the Branch, to minimise their exposure to costs.

The last deadline for their evidence, 6 July 2012, went by without the McGuires filing a single piece of evidence in the Court.  Instead, their lawyer, which was by then their third, made applications to postpone the trial and rewrite their whole claim.  The Court dismissed those applications and the lawsuit itself and, highlighting the extraordinary way in which the McGuires have conducted the lawsuit, made the unusual order that they are to pay the Branch’s costs on an indemnity basis.

With the main lawsuit dismissed, the Branch quickly negotiated a settlement with the other committee members that got dragged into this because of the McGuires’ assertions in their claim.

The McGuires’ New Lawsuit

On 19 July 2012, the McGuires filed in the Court a new lawsuit against 21 parties, including two of his previous solicitors, the SSAA NSW Association, the SSAA National Association, the Coffs Harbour Rifle Club, the Coffs Harbour Branch and a number of individuals in Coffs Harbour.

This new lawsuit was thrown out by the Court, but not before much concern and distress were caused to some of the named defendants, particularly those that are individuals.

Calibre Creep is Coming

The following article was written by SSAA NSW Board Member and long time hunter Carlos Herreros.

SSAA NSW Members,

As a result of recent changes, many rifle ranges in New South Wales are now being forced to operate with a .308 limit. This is not a calibre restriction – it’s a power factor one. In other words, you can no longer sight in your beloved .270 or bigger before going hunting.

As hunters would know, this is going to have a huge impact on deer and pig hunters who use their local rifle range to confirm their point of impact before heading out on a hunt.

But that’s not all. It’s also going to affect target shooters in military, silhouette and big game disciplines. It’s going to affect all of us who have 30/06’s, 7mm Remington Magnums or any other calibre that has more energy than a .308 at 200 metres.

These changes will hurt the hundreds of thousands of target shooters AND hunters in NSW who visit their local Rifle Range.

Whether you only use the Range to work up loads or sight your rifle in, Ranges need your help !!

Your local rifle range has the best facilities for sighting in. It has known distances, steady rests and calibrated paper targets. I don’t need to tell you that going hunting without sighting in first is critical. Personally, I never go hunting without first checking the point of impact of the rifle – whether it’s a .22 Magnum for bunnies or a .416 Ruger for buffalo.

SSAA NSW, along with our friends at the Shooters and Fishers Party are challenging these rulings – but we need your help.

These changes make no sense, but we need licensed, law abiding firearm owners to say enough is enough.

Whether you use the Range once or twice a year, or once a twice a week, it’s important to let your local member know that shooting is a safe, fun and unique sport.

Carlos Herreros, Hunter, Range User and owner of many affected rifles.


Click here to download a letter you can send to your local MP about the impact of these restrictions on licensed, law abiding firearm owners.

You can find the contact details for your local MP by clicking here


Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here

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