Maryborough Rifle Range sold to Fraser Coast Regional Council
Today the Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, along with the Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien MP announced that Defence has entered into a contract with the Fraser Coast Regional Council for the sale of the Maryborough Rifle Range through an off‑market sale process.
Minister Fawcett said this was a great outcome for Maryborough, the local community and Defence.
“The 190-hectare site provides an opportunity to reinstate shooting activities in the area for use by civilian rifle clubs,” Minister Fawcett said.
“The sale of Maryborough Rifle Range demonstrates the Government’s commitment to unlocking surplus Commonwealth properties for uses that support the Australian community.”
Mr O’Brien said this was a good outcome for the Wide Bay community, and that the sale provides an opportunity to renew the existing facilities for local rifle clubs.
“A sale to Council is a good outcome for the community and will ensure that competition shooting, a long-standing activity in the region, recommences and enables existing rifle clubs to grow and generate new membership,” Mr O’Brien said.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Council has been working hard with Defence to re-open the rifle range.
“Having the facility operational again will be a great boost for the region,” Mayor Seymour said.
“Maryborough is home to several champion shooters so re-opening the range will provide an opportunity for local shooters to hone their skills as well as mentor up-and-coming champions.
“It will also give the clubs using the facility the ability to hold events which has the potential to attract visitors to our region, boosting both our sporting prowess and tourism industries.”
Defence and the Council are in the process of finalising a Contract of Sale for the site.