MATHOURA Gun Club is now home to a new automatic trap tower thanks to new funding.
The club received $10,870 under Murray River Council’s stronger communities fund, which it used to buy and install an automatic trap and enclose the tower to protect it from any future weather damage.
Council administrator David Shaw said the upgrade will eliminate breakdowns, encouraging more local and visiting shooters to attend the club.
‘‘The old trap was unreliable and so outdated that spare parts could not be sourced,’’ he said.
‘‘The continual breakdowns were troublesome for the club as they often had to turn shooters away or even provide refunds.
‘‘We want our sports organisations to offer safe, modern facilities for the locals and visitors who use them, and this funding has certainly helped deliver that in this instance.’’
The club is located north of the township and hosts monthly clay target shooting events in the ‘down the line’ and ‘tower’ disciplines.
It is the only club in the zone which runs night tower shoots, allowing them to host all zone championships as well as the state night tower championship.
The calibre of these events draws shooters from across Victoria and NSW.
‘‘The upgrade to the equipment should further boost participation and better accommodate people of all abilities, from the grassroots to beyond,’’ Mr Shaw said.
The stronger communities fund has been established by the NSW Government to kick-start community projects in councils which have recently merged.