$4.1 million for Kembla Grange indoor shooting complex

Upgrade: Gareth Ward says a $4.1 million boost for an indoor shooting range will bring tourists and law enforcement training to the Illawarra. Picture: Adam McLean.

Upgrade: Gareth Ward says a $4.1 million boost for an indoor shooting range will bring tourists and law enforcement training to the Illawarra. Picture: Adam McLean.

A $4 million upgrade to a Dapto shooting range will attract tourists and law enforcement officers from all over the country, according to Kiama MP Gareth Ward.

Mr Ward announced on Wednesday that the NSW Government would invest $8.6 million in shooting ranges, including $4.1 million for the Brownsville Indoor Shooting Range on Darkes Road.

He said the funds, given to the Association of Illawarra Shooters, would “bring the facility to an international standard” allowing it to be used by the Australian Defence Force, police and other law enforcement personnel training.

“The range is planned to include sixteen bays of 100m and ten bays each of 75m and 50m, along with other facilities such as a pro shop, meeting rooms, lockers, firearms storage, a lounge area, outdoor plaza area as well as an auditorium for special functions,” he said.

“[It will be] well equipped for recreational and competitive shooters set to attract business and tourism dollars to the Illawarra region.”

The upgrade will enclose an existing outdoor shooting range located at the recreation park on Darkes Road at Kembla Grange, Mr Ward said.

In 2011, Wollongong City Council approved construction for a $1.5 million indoor shooting range and clubhouse, as well as parking for 132 cars, to be built at the site.

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