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The SSAA NSW Office will be closed from Thursday 20 December and re-open on Monday 7 January 2019. On behalf of all the staff at SSAA NSW, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.



SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) today confirmed the appointment of long-standing Member for Wollondilly and former NSW Government Minister, Jai Rowell, as its incoming Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Rowell announced in February he would retire from a long career in politics after having served first in local government and then State Parliament.

SSAA NSW President, Lance Miller said Mr Rowell was the standout candidate from an excellent field of applicants.

‘On behalf of the SSAA NSW Board, employees and volunteers, I congratulate Jai on his appointment and welcome him to our Executive Team,’ Mr Miller said.

‘Jai comes to the role with a wealth of experience in government at all levels and a proven ability to shape policymaking and the development of sensible and effective legislation.

‘He has a solid grounding in the key issues of importance to our members having lived in and represented a semi-rural electorate with more than 3,300 registered firearm owners and around 1,000 SSAA NSW members.

‘Jai also has an excellent record of getting results as an advocate for his constituents, as demonstrated by his ability to consistently secure funding for new infrastructure and services across a range of areas including health, education, civil works, law and order, roads and sports and recreational facilities.

‘We look forward to Jai building on the great platform that outgoing Executive Director Ms Diana Melham has laid and providing strong leadership to everyone connected with the organisation at an important time in our evolution.’

In addition to representing his electorate of Wollondilly, Mr Rowell has held several prominent roles during his time in NSW Parliament, including:

• Assistant Minister for Health

• Minister for Mental Health

• Special Advisor to the NSW Premier and the NSW Government on Science, Industry and Innovation

• Government Whip

• Chair and / or Member of several Committees including the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety, the Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development, the Committee on Planning and Environment, the Committee on Electoral Matters, and the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Ethics.

Prior to becoming a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Mr Rowell was a Campbelltown City Councillor for 8 years and a political advisor and later a Chief of Staff in the Federal Government. He also completed a law degree at the University of Western Sydney. 

Mr Rowell said, ‘I’m delighted with the opportunity to lead the SSAA NSW and look forward to getting on with the job of delivering results for its 55,000 members, many of whom contribute their time and energy as volunteers.’

‘Sporting shooters are a significant group in the NSW community and there is a need to ensure they are well catered for in areas such as access to ranges and facilities, ongoing training and education, and sensible regulations.

‘In my limited spare time, I have enjoyed shooting at ranges within my region. A big highlight for me was opening the 2013 World Benchrest Championships at the Silverdale Rifle Range. As a licenced firearm holder myself and in my new role, I look forward to spending more time at our ranges and getting involved in all of our disciplines.

‘2019 is going to be a great year for the SSAA NSW. I look forward to starting work, getting out and meeting as many members as possible and listening to how we can strengthen the SSAA NSW.’

After more than eight years as SSAA NSW Executive Director, Ms Diana Melham announced earlier this year her intention to leave the organisation she has led with distinction.

‘I wish SSAA NSW and all of our members and volunteers all the best into the future.’ 


For those of you who have received your latest NSW Shooter Quarterly Update, you would have read the extract of our interview with Senator David Leyonhjlem, of the Liberal Democrats.

As promised we are providing the entirety of the interview for you to read, in PDF format, by clicking here (Article must be opened to click link).


As many of you are already aware, QBE’s Global Underwriting Committee recently agreed on a change in QBE’s risk appetite for insuring the sale and/or manufacturing of firearms as well as firearms organisations, associations and clubs.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers currently have facilities in place with QBE to underwrite the SSAA Members’ Firearms Insurance, property insurance for SSAA affiliate clubs and branches and SSAA’s Group Personal Accident and Liability Insurances. Due to the agreements with QBE, these policy renewals will be offered and remain in place until March 31, 2019.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers are currently presenting details of all the Association’s insurances to other underwriters and insurance agencies and hope to have facilities in place well before March 31, 2019.

Like you, we are extremely disappointed with the changes QBE have made but we, SSAA General Insurance Brokers, must continue to work with them and manage the policies currently in place and, of course, those claims which have already been lodged.

If you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact Greg Brown on 0455  777  685 or visit ssaaib.com.au


The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has slammed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation “ABC” for a biased and deceptive article on its’ online platforms.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham has called for the ABC to correct the record in the article, “Gun sales at controversial HuntFest festival raise ire as photographers take aim at event”, after misleading statements were published.

“The article references comments made by known anti-firearm social justice warrior David Shoebridge, who states the holding of HuntFest on public land contravenes the National Firearms Agreement “NFA”,” Mrs Melham said.

“Nowhere in the NFA is any reference made to the holding of fairs, festivals or events, nor does it refer anywhere to firearm sales in relation to public lands.

“This is just another unreasonable, emotional attack on law abiding firearms owners by activists whose only interest lies in their own power and not in community safety.”

Mrs Melham said the ABC presented a distorted view of firearm owners and recreational hunting in the article.

“Hunting is no different to fishing, where people go out into the natural environment and harvest the best of organic free-range food,” Mrs Melham said.

“In an age where medical professionals are urging us to engage with nature, this condemnation by the public broadcaster of those who would enjoy the outdoors is unbecoming of an organisation which has a legislative duty to operate in the public interest.”

Mrs Melham said law abiding firearm owners should not be condemned for the actions of unlicensed criminals who obtain and use illegal guns to commit their crimes.

“If the ABC and social justice warriors like David Shoebridge want to make our community a safer place, they should support the efforts of SSAA NSW to work with the Government and regulators to achieve fair and workable firearms laws that are not onerous on licensed law-abiding firearms owners, but that are truly effective in addressing the real problem of illegal firearms and gun crime,” Mrs Melham said.

“We know that the existing firearms black market in Australia is mostly divided into criminal gangs, whose main focus are crimes rather than dealing with firearms, or small networks of individuals who buy or sell by word of mouth, both of which play a significant role in supplying illegal guns to criminals.”

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