There will be increased
traffic from the freeway, along Wilson Drive, over the narrow railway bridge, along West Parade &
Wattle Ridge Road. Narrow rural roads with no breakdown
lanes that cannot handle the increase in traffic. More cars, more traffic, more
You may not hear the current range as it’s rarely used
but plans include the addition of 4 more ranges including pistols, rifles and shotguns.
You will hear it – 5 days and 2 nights per week year round.
Bushfires are a risk we already manage in this highly
prone bushfire zone. Previous fires have been started by lightening strikes and have endangered lives and homes.
Extra people & extra
vehicles moving in and out of the area will add the risk of possible arson and accidental fires by discarded cigarette
- DECREASE IN HOUSING VALUES
Who wants to buy a family home near a shooting facility?
It's not a positive selling point
so your house will be worth less. Discussions with local real estate agents have suggested that
the properties on 5 acres may experience a reduction in value by $100,000 to $150,000.
- ENDANGERMENT OF LOCAL FLORA & FAUNA
1000 hectares of conservation
land is being taken for this development, 16 hectares of that land will be cleared and flora and fauna in the surrounding
area will be affected. There are currently 108 protected species and 22 threatened species. The land was not zoned
'conservation' for nothing.
- LEAD CONTAMINATION & POLLUTION OF WATER CATCHMENT
Water runoff from
the ridge makes its way to creeks which connect with the Nattai River. This river feeds into the Warragamba Dam.
Lead contamination is a major concern and can be caused by used shot on shotgun ranges breaking down and entering the soil
and water. There are no safe levels of lead and children especially are in danger. There are many studies and
articles available that quantify these risks.
- SECURITY & SAFETY CONCERNS
suggest on site fuel storage containment. There will also be guns moving in and out of the villages each day the facility