SSAA NSW and Devil Ark Join Forces to Help Save Tassie Devil

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) is pleased to announce a three-year partnership worth $135,000 with Devil Ark that will provide support for captive breeding of the Tasmanian Devil, which is currently at risk of extinction within the next 20 years due to a highly-contagious facial tumour disease.

Over the next three years, SSAA NSW will support Devil Ark in creating a healthy and sustainable population that will help revive this iconic species that's unique to Australia. Essential to the survival of the program and the Tasmanian Devil itself are partner organisations such as SSAA NSW that assist in funding costs for the not-for-profit facility and program.

Devil Ark is located at an altitude of 1,350m in the world heritage-listed Barrington Tops of New South Wales, a vast area characterised by rainforest and subalpine woodland which provides the perfect breeding environment for devils who like the Tasmanian-like vegetation and expansive surroundings. The devils are fenced in but the enclosures are so large they're able to maintain their wild behaviour.

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham said what made this partnership special was the important role both organisations play in conservation. "Responsible wildlife management is all about protecting our environment and that includes the conservation of endangered wildlife, ecosystems and biodiversity which the SSAA NSW is committed to. Any endangered species is really our collective responsibility in Australia. Having already lost the Tasmanian Tiger, we at SSAA NSW don't want to see the Tasmanian Devil face the same fate.

"That's why we're proud to partner with Devil Ark for this important cause and further demonstrate that the shooting sports community across New South Wales is truly committed to conservation management in all its forms, including making a critical difference towards the survival of the Tasmanian Devil from extinction."

SSAA NSW is the peak body dedicated to promoting and protecting the sustainability of shooting sports. With over 53,000 members across New South Wales, the Association represents their passion for the safe, fun and all-inclusive range of shooting sports available today. SSAA NSW also make important contributions to legal and ethical recreational hunting and conservation programs, with the facilitation and promotion of responsible wildlife management for farmers and landowners through the assistance of its network of accredited volunteer hunters throughout the State. 









































MEDIA RELEASE - Record attendance at SSAA SHOT Expo boosted by 7 News Story

More than 15,000 people attended the 2016 Sydney SSAA SHOT Expo over the weekend making it the largest event in its history.

SSAA SHOT Expo, the only event of its kind in Australia, was held at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June and is Australia’s premier event for the sports shooting industry. Sydney’s Expo included over 160 exhibitors and showcased the latest on offer for shooting, hunting and outdoor activities.

“The record attendance was no doubt boosted by the sensationalised and misleading story aired by Channel 7 News on Saturday evening. The story, and reporter Mike Duffy, attempted to portray law abiding firearms owners in a negative light and incite unnecessary fear within our community. This clearly backfired and we’d like to thank Channel 7 for the valuable free publicity,” Diana Melham, Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc, said.

“Attendance on Sunday soared with visitors wanting to find out more about our sport which includes target shooting, recreational hunting and collecting. It also gave us an opportunity to correct the misleading, dishonest and inaccurate commentary too often espoused by the media and anti-gun campaigners.”

Those interviewed participated in good faith and were keen to provide an accurate insight into our sport. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the story uses quotes out of context and distorted video footage of Expo visitors using wooden stocks with scopes in an attempt to portray that it’s easy to obtain a firearm.

“In fact, here in NSW we abide by some of the strictest firearms laws in the world which govern all aspects of our sport including licensing as well as firearm ownership, registration, use, storage and transport; plus requirements for mandatory police background checks and waiting periods,” Ms Melham said.

An event such as SSAA SHOT Expo requires meticulous planning, permits and inspections by NSW Police, strict protocols for the display, inspection and purchase of firearms, along with a significant security presence throughout the event.

“It’s a shame that negative media focus remains on law abiding firearm owners, when it’s been widely acknowledged by politicians and regulators at State and Federal levels that the problem is illegal firearms and the criminals that use them in their commission of crime.”

According to figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology, less than 3% of firearms stolen from licensed firearm owners are subsequently used to commit a crime, yet the myth that all firearms used in illegal activities started off as legal firearms still exists.

Ms Melham, who was interviewed by Mike Duffy for more than 15 minutes believes the Expo will continue to grow as it travels around the country and returns to Sydney in 2018.

“Despite the story, we’re still happy to honour our offer to assist Mike with obtaining his firearms licence given the keenness he expressed for this on the day,” Ms Melham said.

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2016 SSAA SHOT Expo

The SSAA SHOT Expo, Australia’s premier event for the shooting sports, is set to be one of the biggest ever in Sydney this June.

With over 130 retailers and distributors representing over 500 brands the SSAA SHOT Expo is a must attend.

Held over Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, the Expo will showcase the newest the industry has to offer for shooting, hunting and outdoors at Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney.

The SSAA SHOT Expo is an event for the whole family, and Sydney in 2016 is really going to take the Expo to the next level with awesome new features and displays.

There is plenty on offer for mums, dads and the kids including:

  • Great deals & giveaways
  • Live talks by experts on techniques & advice
  • Live Field-To-Fork cooking demos with Jason from Hunt, Catch, Cook for parents and kids
  • WGAA Working Gun Dog Demonstrations daily at 10am & 2pm
  • SSAA Indoor air rifle & pistol range
  • SOC Indoor Archery Range
  • NEW ATN Night Vision Tunnel
  • Yamaha Pro-driver ATV Demonstrations
  • Safe Shooting and R-Licence courses
  • Activities for the kids including jumping castle & face painting
  • Helicopter joy flights and much, much more...

One ticket gives you a wristband for entry over the entire weekend. Ticket prices are $20 for SSAA members, $25 for nonmembers and $40 for families (2 adults, 2 children under 16). Free parking is included.

Make sure you buy tickets online, you will save waiting in queues and go into the draw for the chance to win some awesome prizes at the Expo!

See you at Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney on 25 & 26 June.

For more information on who’s exhibiting, what’s on, how to get to the expo and buying tickets go to

Record Attendance at the Sydney 2016 SSAA SHOT Expo

More than 15,000 visitors attended this year’s Sydney SSAA SHOT Expo held over the weekend of 25 and 26 June, making it the largest event in its history.

SSAA SHOT Expo, Australia’s premier event for the Sports Shooting Industry, was held at Rosehill Gardens with over 160 exhibitors showcasing the latest on offer for shooting, hunting and outdoor activities.

"Despite the cold weather, attendance over both days was incredible with visitors from all backgrounds and shooting abilities wanting to find out more about our sport which includes target shooting, recreational hunting and collecting," Diana Melham, Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc, said.

"We had almost 100 people complete their Firearms Safety Training Course and almost 300 complete their Restricted licence (R-licence) accreditation, with some classes booked out well before the Expo."

SSAA NSW staff and volunteers were on hand in SSAA NSW precinct and answered a variety of enquires from both members and non-members. Over 3,000 SSAA NSW showbags were handed out.

Devil Ark, a charity organisation dedicated to ensuring the survival of the endangered Tasmanian Devil, were also present in the SSAA NSW stand. Devil Ark, who SSAA NSW partnered with earlier this year, also brought ‘Levi’, a male Tasmanian Devil who was a big hit with kids and adults alike.

There were two main halls for visitors to explore as well as a large outdoor area which included the SSAA NSW Mobile Air Rifle Range and an active display of the SSAA NSW Shotgun Trailer’s clay target throwers.

"There is a great deal of meticulous planning for an event like this with permits and inspections by NSW Police plus strict protocols for the display, inspection and purchase of firearms, along with a significant security presence throughout the event," Ms Melham said.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere with people wandering around Expo with big smiles on their faces, clutching showbags and a purchase or two."

Event sponsors ATN, Swarovski Optik Hunting and Winchester Australia were some of the major exhibitors displaying the latest scopes, firearms and accessories. While in the Outdoor arena, the SSAA Working Gun Dog demonstrations and Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Demos drew large crowds.

While the SSAA SHOT Expo in Sydney will be held sometime in 2018, exhibitors and sporting shooters in Western Australia are looking forward to the Perth SSAA SHOT Expo in October later this year.

You can view a full photo gallery of the Sydney 2016 SSAA SHOT Expo visit our Facebook page album.

SSAA NSW Holds Greens and Media to Account

The latest attempt by NSW MP David Shoebridge and the Greens Party to evoke unnecessary fear within communities throughout New South Wales is nothing but a cheap political stunt based on misleading and unsubstantiated statements regarding legal firearms ownership.

In its Media Release, SSAA NSW highlights the irresponsibility of the latest attempts by the Greens to mislead the NSW community and compromise the safety and security of those people within the community that legally own and store firearms. The recent acts of the Greens are yet another example of their shameless attempts to use manipulated data coupled with misleading and false claims to push their anti-gun agenda.

SSAA NSW has also responded to biased media reports that were recently aired on radio and television.

In a recent interview aired on the ABC’s Radio National RN Breakfast Program, Samantha Lee of Gun Control Australia again espoused inaccurate information regarding the Adler A110 shotgun and firearms laws. in its letter to the RN Breakfast Program, SSAA NSW expressed it disappointment that the information provided to listeners was not questioned for validity nor was there an opportunity for an opposing view to be presented to listeners. SSAA NSW has requested the opportunity to provide a balanced view that will provide factual information to address the misleading statements made by Ms Lee.

On the Channel 9 Today Show’s ‘Mixed Grill’ segment, the Adler A110 Shotgun was again a topic for discussion and misleading commentary. SSAA NSW has also written to the Today Show to provide factual information about the shotgun and firearms laws.

SSAA NSW will continue to take every opportunity to ensure that information and commentary about our sport and firearms ownership is factual and that any attempt, intentional or unintentional, is corrected so that the views formed by our community are well informed and based on fact.

We urge our members to also take every opportunity to correct the record whenever they see any incorrect or misleading information portrayed in the public arena.

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