On behalf of the committee, I write to you in relation to the current COVID-19 Virus development and the potential impact on our members, visitors, the community and the club.
There is a lot of information currently circulating in the media, industry specifics and community in general which is a changing landscape on a daily basis.
Sport is one area that is hit hard as many disciplines make the difficult call to minimise risk and maximise the safety by cancelling matches and events (Australian Grand Prix, Cricket, Football, NRL etc.) which has a direct impact on the community, players and support teams.
Our shooting activities, whilst linked to sport are also recreational and social in nature and we luckily don’t have the same financial pressures on our sport but we certainly have the same level of commitment to safety, diligence in our approach and support of members visitors and the broader community.
In relation to club membership it should also be noted that the average age of our club is in the target demographic for this current viral issue.
It is with these areas and more in mind that we have decided it is in the best interests of all parties to postpone the NAPC IPSC Grand slam event that was scheduled for the end of March.
We will advise of a future date that we can host this event and look forward to hosting everyone at our wonderful facility on the Sunshine Coast.
On behalf of the committee, I would like to extend a huge thankyou to the organising team and acknowledge the amount of work that has gone into planning this event with this decision weighing heavily on the back of cancelling the last 2 Grand slam events due to weather conditions.
Our focus is on safety and supporting our members, families and the community in navigating through this difficult period. This is not about sticking just to the minimum rules at the time but looking at the best practice and requirements for all concerned.
In relation to information available on social isolation, social distancing and hygiene, please find information attached from the Department of Health on COVID_19 and the required diligence in the community.
In relation to standard range operation, this remains (at this stage) with match schedule and days of operation for this week unchanged (Wed/Thur/Sun). If you are sick, feeling unwell or not comfortable attending the range please don’t attend the range and seek assistance and support as appropriate.
The committee will be meeting on Sunday to discuss standard club operations, risk management and social distancing strategies in line with club operating requirements which we will advise in due course.
Please support your fellow members. This might not be a big issue for some, but it is a life threatening issue for others and we need to be socially considerate and responsible. We all enjoy sports shooting and will get plenty of time to enjoy our sport in the future even if there are a few interruptions along the way.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or any member of your committee.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all on the range soon.
NAPC / NAPSQAC President