Townsville Pistol Club’s best shot at recovery
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has welcomed the completion of major upgrades to flood-damaged infrastructure at the Townsville Pistol Club.
The Club received funding of more than $365,000 after last February’s monsoon caused significant damage to the pistol ranges, footbridges and access road at Roseneath.
Mr Thompson said the repairs were an important part of the community’s recovery.
“We’re a good 19 months on since the devastation our city faced in February 2019 and the fact that community clubs like this are still working on getting themselves back to normality shows just how devastating the impact was,” he said.
“That’s why it’s been so important to support community and sporting organisations with funding injections which help them pick up the pieces and build back better so their important work can continue.
“We know the positive effects of sport on both physical and mental health so getting things back up and running is only going to be a good thing.”
Mr Thompson said the projects were timely as the region recovers from COVID-19.
“Not only will the projects have supported jobs for locals, they’ve also set the Club up to host the National Handgun Championships next year, which will bring international shooters and their entourages to Townsville,” he said.
The funding was made available through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and its $18 million Community and Recreational Assets Program.
A total of 45 not-for-profit sport and recreation facilities will receive repair works through DRFA, with communities to benefit including Townsville, Richmond, McKinlay, Flinders, Cloncurry, Hinchinbrook and Cassowary Coast.