Shooting complex possibly on move
THE FRASER Coast Shooting Complex could be on the move within a couple of years if the proposed Colton coal mine at Aldershot goes ahead.
Northern Energy Corporation executives met with members of several shooting groups on Tuesday night to discuss an option to move the complex from its current location at Churchill Mines Road to an alternative site.
Fraser Coast Sporting Clays president David Frost said the clubs that used the shooting complex were working with the mining company in the hopes of a positive outcome.
“Part of the Fraser Coast Shooting Complex is within the proposed mine area,” Mr Frost told the Chronicle.
“They’ve been doing exploration work all around us.
“If the mine goes ahead we will have to get shifted.
“The company has agreed to fund a plan for the whole area to be redeveloped on a nearby site.”
Three groups currently use the complex – the Fraser Coast branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the Fraser Coast Pistol Club and the Fraser Coast Sporting Clays.
Three other local shooting groups have access to the complex.
Representatives from all the groups were at the meeting with Northern Energy Corporation executives on Tuesday night.
“The company has agreed to fund a facility here that will be able to be used for competitions of a national standard,” Mr Frost said.
“They are looking at a possible timeframe of 18 months to two years.
“We went along to this meeting to hear what they had to say and our members walked away thinking this could be a good thing.”