Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visited SSAA Victoria’s Springvale Shooting Range on Friday, August 18. The Premier and his staff were treated to a private tour of the facilities and an explanation of where the Victorian Government’s recent funding had been spent.
In speaking with SSAA Victoria, the Premier said he had been aware of the facility since becoming the Member for Mulgrave 15 years ago. “I’ve been really pleased to work with SSAA Victoria’s management for many years, working towards the security of tenure of the range,” Premier Andrews said. “With the ownership transferred and the grant from our government, it’s a really good time to see the facility.”
The Victorian Government has funded 188 projects at 153 Victorian shooting clubs through the Shooting Sports Facilities Program. About $18.2 million has been injected into shooting clubs across the state for upgrades.
SSAA Victoria received two $100,000 grants for Springvale from the Victorian Government through two rounds of the Shooting Sports Facilities Program. The grants have allowed the Association to undergo extensive renovations, including painting the facility, installing a new security system, revamping the entrance and sprucing up the amenities and bistro.
The Premier was highly positive of his visit to the range. “It was great to walk around and have each of the projects explained to me,” he said. “I was able to see the work that has been going on and learn about what is to come.”
The Victorian Government also supported SSAA Victoria by providing a $495,000-grant towards the purchase of the range. Premier Andrews said he was “delighted” to lead the government that was able to provide the funds.
“The best use of that land is the current use and it was unfair to ask sporting shooters to continue to invest in the facility when their lease could be terminated at any time, and their future was uncertain,” he said. “It’s a very important investment, to allow people who love shooting sports to have the best experience possible.”
SSAA Victoria Chief Executive Officer Jack Wegman said it was a pleasure to host the Premier. “The Premier and his staff were all very interested to see the transformation of the facility,” he said. “The relationship with the Premier was really strengthened through his visit and we look forward to working with him on firearms-related matters in the future.”
The Premier is “looking forward” to returning to the range when the grant works have been completed.