QUESTION: Arguments Against Hill Top Gun Club - 16 Apr 2007 NSW, Australia
Firstly let me congratulate you on a excellent web site great info. the reason for my request for help is that the state government has handed over 1000 acres of Bargo recreation area to the department of recreation and sport to build/extend the current gun club to accommodate 7 gun clubs .we are a small community group opposing this proposal because of excessive noise levels and increased traffic flow etc etc in our small village. but our greatest concern is that they will be clearing a large track of land to build shooting ranges and the expected shooters is 200 plus at weekends/100 weekdays .this is a very sensitive area /very high bush fire area/ and with all this increased lead shot contaminating the area. It will undoubtedly find its way into Sydney’s drinking water ,This area is all part of Sydney’s water catchment ,any additional information that you could provide us to help stop this proposal would be a great help please visit our website to see more info.
ANSWER: 25 Jul 2007
We would like to thank you very much for your information and sincerely apologise for our delay in responding to it.
We have had a look at the information you have on your Group's website and note that the State Government seems to have gone ahead to fund the proposal in the Budget for 2007-8.
While there could be developments that we could have missed out on and would be glad to hear more about, we would like to inform you about Global Lead Advice and Support Service' policy on gun clubs as follows: Gun clubs should be built with facilities and arrangements which make it feasible to remove Lead every 6 years. In addition, an environmental levy of $1 per shooter per day should be imposed, to be used in ways that help reduce the negative impact of the Lead and for other environmental considerations.
Cleaning up the Lead costs upwards of $50,000, so how this money will be raised also needs to be taken into account and may make the state government less keen to go ahead with the development. So making regular clean up of the Lead a policy would set a fantastic precedent and maybe Pru Goward or your local Greens Member would be interested in helping your group advocate for this essential policy change.
For your information, in Canada, gun clubs that are within 100m of a water catchment are closed immediately.
We look forward to hearing more from you. Meanwhile we have included your Group in our database.
Patrick Mugo Muraguri
Volunteer Information Officer
See:Case Note - Hill Top Residents Action Group Inc v Minister for Planning 
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