Request for the Relocation or Restriction of the Davison Shooting Range

Request for the Relocation or Restriction of the Davison Shooting Range

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Vicki & Lance Hussey started this petition to Mayor Mark Jamieson and

The Davison Shooting Range located at: 269 Fairhill Rd was first established for the use of the military in 1914. In 1915, the North Arm State Primary School was built within close proximity (200m) to the range. Initially, the range was used occasionally for military training and after World War 1 the the North Arm Rifle Club was established.

Since that time the range has become much busier and is currently being used by 4 gun clubs, including visitors and casuals. During these years the Council has approved the sub division of the area south of the range and now hundreds of homes are subjected to the noise pollution of gunfire up to 7 days per week.

Although the range schedule claims to limit shooting events to Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, local residents can affirm that gunfire from the range can be heard on any given day of the week, including public holidays. The Council advises that the shooting range has approval to operate from 8:30am to 5:00pm from Monday to Sunday inclusive.

The weapons being fired at the range have also changed over time. Traditionally .303 calibre single shot rifles have been used, however local residents can affirm that high calibre, semi automatic rapid fire rifles among other weaponry are also being used. These guns are not only extremely dangerous, considering that there is a primary school within close proximity, but they are also very loud, the sound of which echoes around the whole valley which forms a basin and accentuates the noise. On Sundays the range is utilised by several clubs which start blasting at 8:30am sharp and frequently shoot all day. On public holidays the gunfire is also known to continue all day.

Residents as rate payers are entitled by law, to the peaceful enjoyment of their properties, without having to resort to the confines of their homes with the windows closed trying to avoid the sounds of constant and loud blasting. This particularly affects shift workers, the ill and the elderly. The Council website states: “Noise can disrupt sleep, interfere with daily activities and can have a negative input on people’s health.”

The range is not a good neighbour as it operates with complete disregard for the adjoining community and the local primary school, producing very loud gunfire, sometimes all day during weekends and week days. This is in clear contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 which clearly prohibits such behaviour.

It is not acceptable that shooting is permitted to continue on Sundays and public holidays or to commence before 9:30am on other days. It is also unacceptable that school children and teachers should be subjected to the noise pollution of gunfire for hours at a time whilst trying to teach and learn at school. Autistic children who are sensitive to sound can be greatly affected. Additionally, the long term effects on the children may become evident in latter years. With the increasing occurrence of school shooting tragedies, it is not healthy for school children to be within close proximity to a shooting range or to move into high school with the perception that guns are acceptable for normal daily use. The recent New Zealand shooting tragedy is an example of what can occur.

On behalf of the residents of Ninderry, we the undersigned hereby request that the Davison Shooting Range be relocated to a more suitable and isolated location and away from the North Arm Primary School. Failing this, we request that the range is restricted from operating on Sundays and public holidays and that the hours of operation are reduced on other days, to start later and finish earlier to avoid interference with the school and limit the noise pollution for the local community.

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