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Year of achievements and politics
It’s been a productive year for the SSAA. Early in the calendar, we launched the Stewartdale Nature Refuge, an initiative between the Queensland Government and the SSAA to save diminishing habitat for koalas. We then launched our SSAA Academic Bursary program, which offers financial support to tertiary students whose studies aim to further the community’s understanding of conservation, hunting, recreational shooting and other related fields. We also encouraged active living for all abilities through our support of Boundless Canberra, the territory’s first playground, where children of all abilities will be able to participate on an even playing field, much like the sport of target shooting.

In April, we highlighted the Anzac Centenary with a series of articles on service arms and important remembrance organisations, and in May began trialling the use of Facebook for communicating with members and promoting the Association’s activities. Also in May, we welcomed the publication of The University of Queensland’s ‘Expenditure and motivation of Australian recreational hunters’ and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ ‘Estimating the economic impact of hunting in Victoria’ reports, which quantified something most recreational hunters already know - that hunters and hunting provide real benefits to the community and the economy.

In July and August, 29 Australian target shooters headed over to Glasgow to represent our country at the Commonwealth Games. Congratulations again to the team, who finished on top of the shooting medals table with their haul of six gold and two bronze medals. Congratulations also to the many SSAA members who took part in state, national and international championships this year. The SSAA now runs more than 16 disciplines and there really is something out there for shooters of all interests. Read more >

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