Range Development 2018 #1

A lot has happened in the last few months the club saw a need to increase the number of shooting benches on the line, firstly this would allow us to accomodate more members on shoot days but also allow us to continue to hold State and National shoots where competitor numbers are growing annually. The decision was made to increase the range from 15 to 20 benches. An extra 5 benches sounds easy enough but that means moving every bench to compress within the same area, it also means 5 new target frames at each distance a new gateway and heaps of new wind flags. A lot of time was taken to ensure the benches would not be too close together.

The job all started with some extra reloading benches and stools, for the extra shooters.

New reloading bench frames in progress.

new stool frames
Our Bush Chook

As this was happening the boys at HQ Concrete had been busily shaping up 20 new concrete benches in a formwork built by Andrew one of our range officers and using donated steel reinforcing from Coffs Reo.

New uniform benches ready for placement.

Over the next few weeks you will see here how it all went.

North East Hunting Club

To all members of SSAA Coffs Harbour Branch.

On 5/12/2018 before our scheduled Committee meeting your Committee met with 3 Committee members of the NE Hunting Club. We had previously sent them an email and letter listing our concerns with them continuing using SSAA Dairyville range.

The main bone of contention and reason agreement could not be reached was that they could not guarantee their membership would agree to join the SSAA. We have a Branch rule that after 3 visits a person must apply to join the SSAA this also applies to P650’s, after 3 visits a person must apply for a shooting licence.

The main reason for your Committee terminating NE Hunting Club using our range was our members pay $90 to be a member of SSAA, if they visit the range 3 times during the year it costs that member $120, on the other hand a non SSAA member from NE Hunting Club only pays $30 for the same privilege, this did not sit well with your Committee, we continually work hard to improve all the conditions for our membership at Dairyville range and we could not let a situation continue that disadvantaged our members.

All the improvements at the range are the result of our members being paid up SSAA members and the range fees paid when visiting the range. I hope this clears up some misconceptions regarding the reason for NE Hunting Club no longer shooting at Dairyville, no way did they get kicked off our range.

Our membership comes first everytime. The members of NEHC who are SSAA members can still attend on Wednesdays and Sundays between the hours of 9 am and 12 midday. 

President CH SSAA

Christmas Closure

So it’s almost goodnight to 2018 and welcome the new year, the range is now closed until the 9th of January a normal Wednesday practice day.

Coffs Harbour SSAA would like to wish all of our members and their families a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year, may it be spent with the ones you love and the ones you love to shoot with.

Interclub IRB Nominations

Nominations are now open for the interclub IRB January the 20th 2019.

The cost is $25 per person for the first class and $20 for the second, Juniors $15. Lunch is provided as is tea coffee and biscuits.

Please complete the online nomination form below 

Northern NSW interclub IRB Nomination form



Bellingen SSAA Branch notice

Hello Members,

Our next shoot is next Sunday 25th November from 12 Midday when we shoot round four of R Davis Shield. This is a light barrel event only no heavy barrel rifles allowed

This will be followed by some rabbit and cat targets and centrefire sighting in if required

Our Christmas shoot this year is on 16th December and will be well worth attending, we have a ham for 1st prize, a frozen chook for 2nd prize and a packet of CCi Target ammunition for 3rd Prize

Christmas Shoot Sunday December 16     12 Mid Day

Rimfire 5 shots at 50 metres and 5 shots at 100 metres followed by

2 shots of a 303, 1 at 100 metres and one shot at 200metres

5 shots of your centrefire at 100 metres and 5 shots at 200 metres

There will be a free sausage BBQ before shooting

Mark the date in your calendar now as it gets insanely busy at that time of the year and come along for a great day and help support your club


Tony Heidemann


Bellingen Branch SSAA

Range improvement works – CLOSURE

The Range will be open next Wednesday the 7th of November as normal, but will be closed the following week 12th to 16th to all shooting Monday to Friday. Due to increased demand we are increasing our benches from 15 to 20, initially the concrete benches will be replaced then target frames will follow at 50/100 and 200 distances.

Some benches will be closed from time to time if they don’t comply with range template conditions or where structure has not been relocated. These benches will obvious and we ask that members be patient during the transaction time while we make more room.