Today we received confirmation from VAPA as a directive for all members. Please read the message below from VAPA President.
I believe this adequately outlines the future of Pistol Shooting over the months ahead until we are further advised.
We the Executive Committee from Bendigo Pistol Club have also outlined some details below for your information.
“Due to the ever-increasing spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus and the new restrictions on social gatherings at non-essential venues, the Executive hereby cancel till further notice, all State Titles, Opens and club matches including the 2020 Postal Competition, Firearm Safety Courses, Coaching and Range Officer courses effective immediately.
We will continue to talk to LRD and the Dept. of Justice to obtain an across-the-board exemption for participation shoots for the foreseeable future, if that is not forthcoming, we will advise LRD that every member of VAPA will submit an exemption form before the end of the year. This will mean that LRD will not only have to process 3000 participation reports but an additional 3000 exemption requests. Hopefully common sense prevails.
Committee of Management meetings are also cancelled until gathering restrictions are lifted. The Executive will continue to function as with most club committees by email and phone. We will look at all new support initiatives released this weekend to see what support clubs can access in regards to covering wages, loans, rent, utilities etc. and will pass that information onto everyone. Our sport will survive this, of that I am certain.
The Executive will leave it up to the individual clubs to allow members to practice if they have access to the range, but they will have to abide by all federal and state government regulations now in place and those in the future.
On behalf of the executive I wish all our members and their families, good health and wellbeing in these unprecedented times and please keep in touch with one another, especially the elderly and those who live alone because we all need support sometimes, even if it is a brief call to say how are you.
We will keep you informed of any further developments as we receive them. “
The Bendigo Pistol Club would like to formalise the closure of the club until further notice.
Club guns will not be available.
All Handgun Safety training will be cancelled.
Members who do have a club key may attend for a Target Shoot or Working Bee. However you will need to be compliant with the Social distancing guidance.” Isolation Guidance” www.health.org.au/covid19-resources.
Members must abide by current range rules when shooting at the club by yourself.
Should you require license renewals, VAPA Form 3 or Permit to acquire forms signed, you will need to email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Meetings will continue to be held monthly (externally – by email)
Please do not hesitate to contact the club for further clarification on matters unique to yourself. We will endeavour to assist you where possible. This will particularly apply to new members.
We anticipate continued contact by email and normal mail to our members over the weeks and months ahead.
* This will also allow us not to run out of toilet paper in the interim!
F/T Committee of Management