Belmont Shooting Complex
The following is an update from the Board following recent meetings and sessions held reviewing the Strategic Plan for the application of priorities in the coming 12 months.
A number of Board sessions have been held recently to review and consolidate the Strategic Plan while identifying a number of priorities for the coming 12 months. These priorities will form the basis of the operational management plan for the Executive and staff along with providing direction for our Sub Committees. Once finalised a summary of the updates will be published and sent to members.
As outlined at the AGM the Communications Plan will form a major piece of activity in the coming period. The implementation of a Communication Working Group has commenced with the first item the development of a communication rhythm that will allow content to be created/developed in advance of release from various sources. These sources could include members, Sub Committees or external persons.
Board Member Presence
One of the items identified on the Communications Plan was to have Board Members or Executive present at as many of our OPM’s or events within the QRA community as possible. To date we have had Board Members attend a number of OPM’s such as Darling Downs, Bundaberg, Beaudesert and UQRC. In some cases, there may be an absence due to unavailability of Board Members or Executive. However, it is a focal point for all Board Members to ensure a greater access to discussion and feedback directly to the Board.
A final review is being conducted of a Board Charter. Once the final draft has been approved it will be circulated to Sub Committees for review and comment.
Most members would have recently seen that the program for the State Championships – Kings Prize – has been released. The program will follow similar lines to previous events. Some recent communications has highlighted that the QRA is not running a Sporter Class at this event. At this point in time the QRA is not considering adding Sporter Class to the State Championship program. While not included in the program, efforts are currently underway to look at a championship series to be held throughout the year across multiple locations. More information will be released when available.
The Board has supported the Commemorations Committee applying for grant funding from RSL Qld for upgrades to the memorial site at the entrance to Belmont Shooting Complex. The works approved at the last meeting will support the continued work of the Commemorations Committee in enhancing the link with our past and the present through community engagement.
The Board has approved a proposal for the erection of an Electronic Billboard on the Old Cleveland Road boundary. The signage has approval of the land-owner and is proceeding through planning approval. The billboard will operate under an arrangement with a commercial partner, once operational this will give QRA an income source to fund Belmont Shooting Complex improvements external to the membership.
Plant and Machinery
As previously flagged, the Bulldozer previously used for bulk earthworks on the site at Belmont was sold. The intentions were to look at a more purposeful machine that could undertake multiple tasks on site. This has led to the purchase of a small excavator that will assist in site management in a number of roles.
Following the announcements of Captains to our State Teams, nominations have been confirmed for all teams. Those involved will undertake trial events for selection. Good luck to all involved in this process over the coming months.
Shooting coming up
Regular communications via Facebook and email has shown that our shooting season is definitely getting busier. This weekend we will see Monto hold their annual Sweepstakes, well worth a trip out to enjoy some country hospitality. Later in the month Ipswich will hold a one day OPM which leads into the following weekend with Pacific OPM as a precursor to the State Championships.
Last weekend we saw UQRC conduct its inaugural OPM which coincided with its 110th birthday too. The OPM was well attended on both days along with a catered dinner on the Saturday evening. Congratulations to the UQRC for hosting their first OPM and no doubt won’t be their last.
EO – Peter is home!
Following a well-earned break, our EO Peter Doig is back on deck after a 5 week holiday.
Yours in Shooting
The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs. Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).
Belmont Shooting Complex