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Parliament House, CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600



The Australian Government has made a grant of $44,000 :owards the staging of the'World Moving Target Shooting Championshipso

These will be held in Melbourne between November 12-22. -The Minister for Tourism and Recreation, Mr. Frank Stewart, announced the grant in Sydney today. .

( He said $14,000 will go to the Australian Shooting

Association to help with the holding of the championships.

A further $30,000 will be given towards the cost of new facilities. ' . '

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: The Melbourne Gun Club will receive $15,000 for the construction of its international clay target shooting range at Lilydale and the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia will also get $15,00.0 for the building of a range at Springvale.

; · Mr. Stewart, in announcing the grant, said the world championships in Melbourne will be one of the largest international sporting events held in Australia for some years.

. "I hope this Government grant will help to make the

wprld title a great success", he said. .

■ ; "Olympic style shooting, never one of Australia's .

strongest international sports, should also get an important stimulus from the event and the establishment of these first .

class facilities". .

' More than 20 countries will send about 200 of the

world's best target shooters for the clay target, skeet and ~ running boar events. . ·

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The grants for the new establishment were made on the understanding that these facilities would be open to the public every day after the world championship. .

, Mr. Charles Race Mathews, Federal Member for Casey, Victoria, had made representations in the past to Mr. Stewart on behalf of the Melbourne Gun Club and the Sporting Shooters Association.

CANBERRA, October 5, 1973.