Yarram Rifle Club has a new electronic target, which will ease the job of volunteers and help to recruit more club members.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government had provided a $3300 grant towards the new target through the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.
“Yarram Rifle Range has been the only full-bore target shooting rifle range east of Melbourne still using manual targets,” Mr Chester said.
“The club is confident the new target will help to attract more members, and will be particularly beneficial for the club’s volunteers.
“The manual target requires volunteers to pull down and raise the large target to check scores, which can be onerous and time consuming.
“The new electronic target submits the location of the shots directly to a laptop and automatically allocates scores, giving shooters more time on the range and a more precise scoring system.”
President Garry Kay said the club was confident that the new electronic target would help to attract shooters that may otherwise choose clubs that have electronic targets.
“The Moe City Rifle Club, which now has three Silver Mountain electronic targets, has reported an increase in membership when people visit the range to find out more about the sport,” Mr Kay said.
“The installation of our electronic target removes the need for members to complete butts duties and means our members can spend more time on the range enjoying the sport.”