Clay target club moving

The Wakatipu Clay Target Club is shifting its shooting activities from land near the Shotover River to a new site in the Gibbston valley.

Incorporating both non-commercial gun club and clay-shooting activities, the club has been operating for more than 100 years and is at present based at a site adjoining the effluent disposal ponds.

A resource consent application received last month said the club had agreed to shift its operations to allow the Queenstown Lakes District Council to further develop its effluent treatment systems.

Clay target events would take place no more than two days a week, with non-scheduled shooting to take place outside these times for "public service activities" such as police training days, school training and practice sessions and firearms safety courses.

It is hoped the majority of club structures, including the clubrooms, toilet block and storage sheds, can be shifted to the Victoria Flats site, about 27km from Frankton in the Gibbston valley.

All events will be conducted shooting away from State Highway 6, with the likelihood of buffer planting and earthworks to screen club buildings and activities from road users.

Noise levels from shooting are predicted to fall within district plan noise limits.

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