Leyonhjelm’s Christmas gift to sporting shooters
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm has achieved an agreement with the Government that will give sporting shooters a new state-of the art home in western Sydney and free up $3 billion of land at Malabar. The agreement resolves ten years of uncertainty about the future of the site, including two
occasions when previous governments took occupiers of the range to the Supreme Court in failed attempts to have them evicted.
Senator Leyonhjelm has received a written agreement from Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann that the Commonwealth will fund an estimated $15 million upgrade of facilities, most likely at Cecil Park near Fairfield.The upgrade will make it possible for Sydney to host international shooting tournaments,
injecting millions of dollars into western Sydney.
Senator Leyonhjelm said there was no downside to the deal. “There are 60,000 sports shooters in Sydney. They have been threatened for years that they
would be evicted from Malabar, so could not upgrade their facilities, but have had nowhere else to go.”
“This agreement means sports shooters will at long last have world-class facilities in our own city, while the Government can reclaim the value of the land at Malabar.”
Senator Leyonhjelm is a keen recreational shooter who has actively pursued the resolution of this issue since he commenced his term in July.