ON TARGET: Wondai Rifle Club president Rob FitzPatrick.
ON TARGET: Wondai Rifle Club president Rob FitzPatrick. Katherine Morris

Funding keeps South Burnett club on target

WONDAI Rifle Club will soon be upgraded as the club puts major state funding to use.

The club received the most in the South Burnett region through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Club president Rob Fitzpatrick said the $35,000 grant would go towards installing electronic targets at the range.

"It's a great help for us,” he said.

He hopes the upgrade will move them into the 21st century and help unite the club.

The club has 10 rifle targets, which the members at the back manually raise up and down and record results with pegs on the targets, he said.

"The electronic targets will allow all the members to come down and shoot together,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The current targets are about 62 years old and in need of replacing.

This puts pressure on the club members to accommodate visitors.

The Wondai Rifle Club shooting range will be receiving electronic target upgrades after recent state funding.
The Wondai Rifle Club shooting range will be receiving electronic target upgrades after recent state funding. Rob Fitzpatrick

Since electronic targets do not require members to manually attend to them, the new system means they can concentrate on new members, Mr Fitzpatrick said.

"It will hopefully be a more pleasant experience for new comers,” he said.

The Wondai Rifle Club had a club meeting over the weekend to discuss which brand of target the group would use.

The existing target units will need to be repaired, due to being degraded from continual use.

The upgrade is expected to take a few months, Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Wondai Rifle Club has tackled some fairly big rebuilding projects over the years, following two floods coming through the property, he said.

The club would like to especially thank the Department of Justice and Attorney-General for the grant and everyone else who has supported the Wondai club.