IN THE PIPELINE: Gympie Regional Council wants feedback on a plan to build a rifle range in the Curra State Forest.
IN THE PIPELINE: Gympie Regional Council wants feedback on a plan to build a rifle range in the Curra State Forest. Noel Thompson

Council endorses draft shooting facility study

FOLLOWING extensive community consultation, the Gympie Regional Council has endorsed the draft Curra State Forest Shooting Facility study.

Gympie Regional Council's Acting Mayor Tony Perrett said council had passed an important milestone and secured a clear direction for the future of our region's shooters.

The draft study contains several options and highlights associated costs to meet the long-term needs of the region's shooting clubs.

"This study provides the foundation of an important blueprint for the region's shooting sports," Cr Perrett said.

Earlier this year the Sports Minister Steve Dickson granted council in-principle support for a consolidated shooting facility in Curra State Forest north of Gympie.

The purpose of the study was to satisfy the conditions of the minister's support, as well as assist council to understand the situation before any decisions were made.

This included determining the feasibility of building a shooting facility within the state forest.

The council also wanted to identify the most suitable location after taking into account the current use of shooting facilities, the interests of all stakeholders and any site constraints.

"It is important council now seeks feedback from the wider community in order to fully understand the views on each of the possible options, and we welcome the views of all interested parties," Cr Perrett said.

The study will be on display from December 15 to January 23 next year. The council invites residents to review it and have their say.

The draft study can be viewed at gympie.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay. It is also available in hard copy at the council's Mary St office, or the planning and development office in Channon St.

Have your say

To have a say, lodge a submission in writing to the following:

Attn: Planning Strategy and Major Projects, PO Box 155 Mary Street, Gympie QLD 4570 or planningprojects@gympie.qld.gov.au

Any feedback received during this period will inform the preparation of a final report for the council's consideration early next year.

Gympie Times


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