Field & Game Australia

Gippsland road trip

Field & Game general manager David McNabb and development manager Daryl Snowdon have been on a road trip to visit branches and speak with members in Gippsland.

The pair caught up with Gary “Pud” Howard to discuss opportunities at the Heart Morass, the wetland restored through a partnership between five key organisations, Field & Game Australia, Bug Blitz Trust, Hugh Williamson Foundation, Watermark Inc. and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

A joint committee manages the wetland and Sale Field & Game members have put in countless volunteer hours restoring the site over the past decade.

They also checked out the latest (and very large) development at Bairnsdale Field & Game where a new clubroom facility is rising from the ground thanks to funding under the Victorian Government’s Shooting Sports Facilities Program.

The program has poured millions of dollars into FGA branches around the state for infrastructure and equipment needed to grow the sport of Australian Simulated Field.

The Bairnsdale development will provide better facilities for female and disabled participants.

David and Daryl also caught up with Sale FGA committee member and passionate supporter of the organisation Simon Webster, who also happens to feature in the latest issue of our magazine.

The trio discussed the submission on the 2017 Duck Season and fundraising initiatives for FGA’s campaign to secure our future.

“We were also invited to attend the Bairnsdale Committee meeting and it was great to share ideas about their community engagement, junior development and conservation work,” David said.

“We also visited a number of State Game Reserves in the area including Clydebank Morass SGR to see environmental works and long term revegetation undertaken by our Australian Deer Association colleagues.”

The trip also allowed them to pick up a copy of the Bairnsdale Advertiser which fatures FGA member and Rio Olympian Aislin Jones who was named joint winner of the East Gippsland Sports Foundation’s Young Sportsperson of the Year.

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