Tuesday, 5th May, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
The Broken Hill Rifle Club in the city’s south is still very much open, and not a place for picnics or shortcuts through the bush.
Club life member Chris Harris said he was worried about the number of people frequenting the range and putting themselves at risk.
He said people riding dirtbikes or driving four-wheel-drives often cut through the range even when a shoot is taking place and warning flags are up.
His concerns were again raised a few weeks ago when a bushwalking report listed the club as closed and a nearby gully as a “nice spot for a picnic”.
Mr Harris said the danger area extends well beyond the clubhouse and targets, and discouraged anyone from walking in or around the range.
A large area behind the targets is of particular concern, as a stray high shot could clear the targets and hill behind them and injure someone walking in the club’s grounds.
“We’re open so please stay away, unless of course you want to come down for a shoot,” he said.
“We definitely don’t mind people coming out for a look, or to have a shot if they want.
“But we just don’t want to see someone get hurt.”
Mr Harris said people thinking the club was closed could also attract vandals and thieves, which have been an ongoing problem.
The clubhouse and range have had everything from barbecues, stoves and gates stolen over the years, although they are now investigating video surveillance.
“People could come out now thinking we’re closed and just help themselves,” he said.
Anyone wishing to get a safer look at the club is invited to come along on weekends and have a chat or a shot with the members.
F-class shoots (Saturday) and .22 shoots (Sunday) are held from 9am most weekends, and the club is accessible from the north-eastern end of Knox Street.