GOOD IDEA: Brian Cooper and Norm Pratt think a new shooting range at Corella would be a good idea.
GOOD IDEA: Brian Cooper and Norm Pratt think a new shooting range at Corella would be a good idea. Craig Warhurst

Move under fire

GYMPIE gun clubs are at odds over whether an idea to relocate noisy sports, like theirs, to Corella is a good idea.

President of the Sporting Clay Shooters and member of the Gympie Clay Target Club, Curly Lewis, said the idea probably wasn’t feasible and all the money spent to develop the current grounds would be lost.

But Gympie Small Bore Rifle and Silhouette Club president Norm Pratt said it was a great idea.

The leases of both clubs, the Gympie Pistol Club and the Gympie Service Rifle Club, are expiring on June 30, 2011.

All the clubs are seeking to have their leases extended with most needing a 20-year term to make future improvement viable.

But council is looking to discuss the lease periods, possibly shortening them and relocating the clubs, should the multi-purpose shooting facility be developed.

It’s something mayor Ron Dyne has said the State Government needed to get up and running.

Gympie Small Bore Rifle and Silhouette Club captain Brian Cooper said a new complex at Corella would be good for the region and accommodate all the different clubs.

But Mr Pratt said the facility, estimated to cost $25 million, may not get off the ground as the idea had hit a road block when it came to getting funding from the State Government.

Mr Lewis said the whole complex was under threat.

“It (the Corella complex) seems like a real pie in the sky, its going to take years and cost millions,” he said.

The idea to build one complex to service all noisy sports comes as shooting ranges are being shut down throughout South East Queensland.

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