SSAA NSW SECURES SECOND ELECTION COMMITMENT FOR RANGE DEVELOPMENT

SSAA NSW has been working hard to ensure that law abiding firearms owners interests are heard at all levels of Government. We have also been seeking funding commitments for our sport which is no different to commitments made to other sporting codes.

Last week we reported an election commitment of $3 million from Dugald Saunders.

We are pleased to announce that the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party have committed $4.5 million dollars broken down to $3.5 million for Dubbo and $1 million for Armidale.

We thank Robert Borsak MLC who gave us the good news late last week and has indicated that he will look at other opportunities with SSAA NSW in the future.

SSAA NSW will continue to represent you at the highest levels and our hard work is paying off. We are thrilled that political parties share SSAA NSW vision of supporting ranges and in turn supporting our sport. We look forward to updating you on more announcements as they are made.

 

Letter from the President - SSAA NSW

Dear SSAA Members and Law Abiding Firearm Owners,

It is disappointing to see another attempt by Gun Control Australia attacking Law Abiding Firearm Owners (LAFO) as opposed to criminals.

It is true licenced shooters are at record levels, it is also true that other sports are at records and the reason is our population has increased. It is only logical that legally owned firearms would increase also. Three percent (3%) of NSW are law abiding firearm owners (242,000 people) compared with a population of 7.95 million.

Law Abiding Firearms Owners go through a stringent process and vetting by the NSW Police. Proper vetting is part of a good regime.

The people who commit crimes are criminals. SSAA NSW only supports lawful use and ownership of firearms. We fully support tougher penalties for criminals including mandatory sentences.

Firearm ownership by LAFO’s means that they have been given a licence as a result of a stringent NSW Police check and been found to be respectable citizens and not criminals. So why target the good citizens as opposed to criminals.

With over 56,000 members one of SSAA NSW key objectives is to protect, preserve and promote the shooting sport for law abiding firearm owners. SSAA NSW will always stand up for law abiding firearm owners and call out sensationalism used merely as a tactic for a private political agenda.

The debate shouldn’t be about law abiding citizens it should be about criminals.

SSAA NSW works proactively to increase training to set higher standards and benefit the community. SSAA NSW trains many Government Departments for their every day work and in some instances the very same LAFO’s being attacked today assist with the important work in feral pest eradication and other operations.

SSAA NSW works productively and advocates for safety and evidenced based law reform that does not impact on LAFO’s. We will continue to advocate in this way to the highest levels of the political process including Government, Opposition and the Cross Bench.

Our work has been recognised by Government and some political parties with the signing of an MOU with National Parks and Wildlife Service to continue for a further three (3) years the Supplementary Pest Control Program, the election commitment of two political parties for over $3 million to increase the shooting sports in regional NSW to be ran by SSAA NSW and we were recently asked by the Government to consider providing additional training programs.

If we were all terrible people, Government would not ask for our assistance, various political parties would not make election commitments to SSAA NSW and of course NSW Police would not issue licences for firearm use and ownership.

It is time that a bit of common sense prevailed.

Today, the politics of sensationalism was promoted by Gun Control Australia not the various political parties. We have been working to a policy of engaging within a process including education awareness which has seen some recent successes. There is much more to do and no LAFO should fall in the trap of the tactics utilised today.

All LAFO’s standing together will ensure that feeble attacks on us fail.

Yours Sincerely,

Lance Miller

President – SSAA NSW

SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) today confirmed the appointment of long-standing Member for Wollondilly and former NSW Government Minister, Jai Rowell, as its incoming Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Rowell announced in February he would retire from a long career in politics after having served first in local government and then State Parliament.

SSAA NSW President, Lance Miller said Mr Rowell was the standout candidate from an excellent field of applicants.

‘On behalf of the SSAA NSW Board, employees and volunteers, I congratulate Jai on his appointment and welcome him to our Executive Team,’ Mr Miller said.

‘Jai comes to the role with a wealth of experience in government at all levels and a proven ability to shape policymaking and the development of sensible and effective legislation.

‘He has a solid grounding in the key issues of importance to our members having lived in and represented a semi-rural electorate with more than 3,300 registered firearm owners and around 1,000 SSAA NSW members.

‘Jai also has an excellent record of getting results as an advocate for his constituents, as demonstrated by his ability to consistently secure funding for new infrastructure and services across a range of areas including health, education, civil works, law and order, roads and sports and recreational facilities.

‘We look forward to Jai building on the great platform that outgoing Executive Director Ms Diana Melham has laid and providing strong leadership to everyone connected with the organisation at an important time in our evolution.’

In addition to representing his electorate of Wollondilly, Mr Rowell has held several prominent roles during his time in NSW Parliament, including:

• Assistant Minister for Health

• Minister for Mental Health

• Special Advisor to the NSW Premier and the NSW Government on Science, Industry and Innovation

• Government Whip

• Chair and / or Member of several Committees including the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety, the Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development, the Committee on Planning and Environment, the Committee on Electoral Matters, and the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Ethics.

Prior to becoming a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Mr Rowell was a Campbelltown City Councillor for 8 years and a political advisor and later a Chief of Staff in the Federal Government. He also completed a law degree at the University of Western Sydney. 

Mr Rowell said, ‘I’m delighted with the opportunity to lead the SSAA NSW and look forward to getting on with the job of delivering results for its 55,000 members, many of whom contribute their time and energy as volunteers.’

‘Sporting shooters are a significant group in the NSW community and there is a need to ensure they are well catered for in areas such as access to ranges and facilities, ongoing training and education, and sensible regulations.

‘In my limited spare time, I have enjoyed shooting at ranges within my region. A big highlight for me was opening the 2013 World Benchrest Championships at the Silverdale Rifle Range. As a licenced firearm holder myself and in my new role, I look forward to spending more time at our ranges and getting involved in all of our disciplines.

‘2019 is going to be a great year for the SSAA NSW. I look forward to starting work, getting out and meeting as many members as possible and listening to how we can strengthen the SSAA NSW.’

After more than eight years as SSAA NSW Executive Director, Ms Diana Melham announced earlier this year her intention to leave the organisation she has led with distinction.

‘I wish SSAA NSW and all of our members and volunteers all the best into the future.’ 

A Christmas Message From The SSAA NSW Team!

The SSAA NSW Office will be closed from Thursday 20 December and re-open on Monday 7 January 2019. On behalf of all the staff at SSAA NSW, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

 

 

MESSAGE FROM SSAA GENERAL INSURANCE BROKERS

As many of you are already aware, QBE’s Global Underwriting Committee recently agreed on a change in QBE’s risk appetite for insuring the sale and/or manufacturing of firearms as well as firearms organisations, associations and clubs.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers currently have facilities in place with QBE to underwrite the SSAA Members’ Firearms Insurance, property insurance for SSAA affiliate clubs and branches and SSAA’s Group Personal Accident and Liability Insurances. Due to the agreements with QBE, these policy renewals will be offered and remain in place until March 31, 2019.

SSAA General Insurance Brokers are currently presenting details of all the Association’s insurances to other underwriters and insurance agencies and hope to have facilities in place well before March 31, 2019.

Like you, we are extremely disappointed with the changes QBE have made but we, SSAA General Insurance Brokers, must continue to work with them and manage the policies currently in place and, of course, those claims which have already been lodged.

If you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact Greg Brown on 0455  777  685 or visit ssaaib.com.au

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here