SSAA Taree-Wingham Branch

New South Wales Club Profile

Everyone’s your friend at the SSAA Taree-Wingham Branch, located around four hours’ drive north of Sydney and about 2km from the Wingham township on Rifle Range Road.
Formed in the late 70s and granted Association status in the early 90s, the club boasts a distinct country flavour, with members happy to do whatever they can to make sure everyone is made to feel welcome.

There is a friendly, warm atmosphere and always someone on the range willing to stop and have a chat,” explains branch President of nine years Richard Gawned.

We like to encourage new members to the club and although we have plenty of regulars, it’s always good to see some new faces.”

The Taree-Wingham range is part of the Wingham Target Shooting Complex, which is shared by four other shooting groups and is more than 120 years old. The complex was originally used by the Wingham Rifle Corps during the 1880s and for military training during World War I and II.

The field range includes 36 undercover firing points - except Single Action and shotgun - 10 of which are designated for rimfire only.

The branch occupies an area from the fullbore’s 300-yard mound toward the butts, with their facilities completely hidden from view until you reach that mound.

The clubhouse is an 18x4m steel shed with power, water and kitchen facilities, and provides for its 600 plus members who can also make use of the branch’s storage sheds and picnic shelter.

Members shoot at the range on Tuesday, Friday and most Sundays, with rimfire benchrest custom class the most popular event shot with hunting and varmint-type rifles and plenty of scope power.

Every months four locally designed - shorter than official - competitions are shot, during daylight on Tuesdays, and under lights on Friday night. The 25m, 50m and 100m distances are rotated weekly.

Competitions in two disciplines are shot each Sunday, starting at 9am and 1pm, and can cater for shotgun, pistol, military/service, rimfire silhouette, lever action, longarms and pistol black powder muzzleloader and single action.

The different discipline groups often organise social events following their competition on Sundays.

The club charges a modest daily range fee of $5 for SSAA members, which includes competition paper targets and tea/coffee.

For contact information check the SSAA NSW state branch list.
This club profile was originally published in Australian Shooter July 2006.