Update on the Proposed Pistol Club Development Application

Published on 08 November 2017

CEO at the City of Busselton, Mike Archer, has confirmed that the proposal to develop an indoor pistol range /club at Lot 445 Queen Elizabeth Avenue Ambergate will not be presented to Council for consideration this year.

The Development Application was open for public consultation for an extended period. During this time Council received feedback from stakeholders and community members many of whom raised issues and concerns relating to the potential impact of the development on the amenity of surrounding areas. 

Council is in the process of reviewing this feedback and, as part of this review, will also investigate the feasibility of any alternative workable sites for the development. 

The City had initially expected the matter to be considered by Council before the end of the year on receipt of a report from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).  However, initial feedback from DWER has indicated quite clearly that if the City moves forward with the Development Application for the pistol range at this site, more work will need to be undertaken in relation to noise assessment and management.   

Review of feedback and further assessment remains ongoing at this point in time. Ambergate residents and members of the broader community will be advised by the City if, after thorough assessment, the Development Application proceeds to Council for consideration.

The City thanks all those members of the community who have provided input into the consultation process.

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Areas 2 and 3 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2017): A community that is vibrant, attractive and affordable; and an Environment that is valued, conserved and enjoyed.

Media enquiries can be directed to the City’s Public Relations Coordinator, Meredith Dixon on (08) 9781 0446 or meredith.dixon@busselton.wa.gov.au