SSAA Northern Rivers Branch

New South Wales Club Profile

The Northern Rivers Branch in NSW was formed in December 1968 with the commitment and initiative of Peter and Robyn Nesbit. The first executive comprised president Paul deWolf, treasurer Lloyd Purcell, secretary Robyn Nesbitt and range captain Peter Nesbitt.

Back then, the branch had a strong group of benchrest shooters who were recognised as being involved in early benchrest experimentation. Thankfully, many of these original members still make it to the range.

In April 1992 the branch executive was revitalised with younger members, with Rob Andrews holding the presidency and Jim Ellis the secretary/treasurer’s position. Don Chesworth has been the president since 1997. Membership is now 530, with 24 juniors.

Since 1992 the branch has constructed a 300m rifle and pistol range on the Casino Range Complex. Facilities consist of a covered firing line with 12 concrete benches, right and left handed; 15 standing post positions; and target lines at 25m, 50m, 100yds, 100m, 200yds, 200m and 300m. Wheelchair access is available to and within the shooting shed. This would not have been possible without the good relations that exist with the Casino Kyogle Rifle Club.

The branch encourages the use of any normal sporting or hunting rifle for practice, sighting-in or testing. This is implemented by allocating ‘general shoots’ in the range program. In addition the following disciplines are shot:

  • Lever Action
  • Benchrest (including light and heavy varmint, 500m Fly Shoot, BR30 and Hunter)
  • Scoped 3-Position
  • Rimfire Silhouette
  • Military Rifle
  • Shotgun (specialising in simulated field and game)
  • Pistol centrefire silhouette to 200m
  • Pistol Service Match
  • Western Action

Branch meetings are held at the Lismore Workers Club on the first Monday of each month (except January) at 7.30pm. The SSAA Casino Rifle Range is located off the Tenterfield Road, Casino. Turn left onto Rifle Range Road just after the railway line and the entrance to the range is 400m on the right-hand side.

For contact information check the SSAA NSW state branch list.
This club profile was originally published in Australian Shooter November 2002.