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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 91

(Question No. 456)


Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

Are some rifle or gun clubs in Queensland experiencing problems because they do not have tenure of the rifle ranges which they wish to use; if so, what ranges and clubs are involved and what is the reason why the necessary land cannot be passed to these clubs and how soon is the matter likely to be resolved.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

There are rifle and gun clubs in Queensland which are interested in purchasing the rifle ranges they occupy to secure a more permanent tenure; at present the majority of clubs hold tenure under other arrangements e.g. by lease.

In accordance with Government policy established in 1981, rifle clubs which occupy a rifle range surplus to Commonwealth requirements have a priority to purchase the range at market value before the normal order of precedence for disposal of Commonwealth land is set in train. The normal order is that surplus land is offered first to the former owner (if applicable) then to State and Local Governments. If State and Local Governments fail to identify a need the properties are offered for sale on the open market.

Problems have arisen in disposing of some rifle ranges to interested clubs due to differing legal opinions as to the clubs' powers to acquire real property and other legal impediments. My Department in consultation with the Department of Defence and the Australian Government Solicitor is currently attempting to resolve these issues.

Rifle ranges which are surplus to Commonwealth requirements in Queensland and the clubs which occupy them are shown below:

Rifle Range

Club

Barcaldine...

Barcaldine Rifle Association

Pimpama...

Gold Coast Clay Target Club and Smallbore Rifle Club

Belmont...

Queensland Rifle Association (as Property Controller) 28 Associates and Clubs Shoot on this property.

Biggenden...

Biggenden Rifle Club.

Bundaberg...

Bundaberg Rifle Club and Smallbore Rifle Club.

Charters Towers...

Charters Towers Rifle Club and Charters Towers Pistol Club.

Charleville...

Charleville Smallbore Rifle Club.

Childers (Horton)

Smallbore Rifle Club

Gympie...

Gympie Rifle Club, Pistol Club, Smallbore Rifle CLub and Gun Club.

Halifax...

Halifax Rifle Club

Hughenden...

Hughenden Rifle Club and Pistol Club.

Roma...

Roma Rifle Club and Pistol Club.

Wullumbilla...

Wullumbilla Rifle Range.

Risdon...

Warwick Rifle Club and Southern Downs Rifle Club.

The clubs which have offered to purchase ranges at market value but have been prevented from doing so to date by legal difficulties are the Barcaldine Rifle Association, Gold Coast Clay Target Club and Gold Coast Smallbore Rifle Club.