Most, if not all, QRA ranges located in Queensland are back shooting on some regular schedule. Certainly, in some cases it’s not what we were totally used to with changes having been made to accommodate the necessary health directives currently in place. It is important that clubs and individuals continue to monitor the advice provided by the State Government in relation to COVID-19 requirements. As we have seen in Victoria recently, large scale outbreaks will only create additional restrictions. In this, we all have a role to play.
As part of the response to COVID-19 the QRA Board has reviewed costs for members in this coming membership period. It is completely understood that some of our members have been doing it tough because of the COVID crisis through reductions or even complete loss of work or business.
Taking several factors into play the QRA Board has agreed to reduce membership costs for the 2020-2021 financial year by $10 – thus making the QRA/NRAA Fullbore Membership $165 from its original $175 (excluding Club fees). This decision was made to assist, albeit minor, those members affected by the current economic fallout from COVID.
The reduction in fees was funded via a non-renewal of the insurance policy the QRA held for all its members relating to damage and theft of equipment and through QRA direct funds. The insurance policy, currently in place till September this year, is no longer available. The NRAA has negotiated a national deal that is optional for members to take up. Further information will provide about this in the future.
Clubs will be advised in due course if payments have already been made on behalf of members about refunds or related credit.
Our most recent communication to members informed you that the Board has agreed to stage and hold the 2020 State Championships in the August timeslot. Given the changes to the EKKA public holiday this should result in a strong showing from locals. With the borders being opened on the 10th of July it may also result in interstate visitors attending the first major event since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Significant planning is going into the running of the event this year – due to obvious reasons. We have assembled a good team to ensure that we are able to plan and execute a first-class event in one of the most challenging environments imaginable. It is likely to be different from previous years events and all attendees will be provided with ample information to ensure they understand how it will function and what their requirements will be.
Member Update – 2 July
Belmont Shooting Complex
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