Rifle club calls for consultation on Redbank site
THE Ipswich and District Rifle Club has welcomed the appointment of Ipswich City Council as trustee of the old Redbank Rifle Range site.
The decision, which was approved at last week's council meeting, opens the 200ha bushland site for future recreational use.
Club captain Glenn Rush said the old rifle range was a significant site and the club was excited about its future under the trusteeship of council.
"The club is most certainty looking forward to seeing this site recognised for its historical significance," Mr Rush said.
He said the club was not opposed to the site being opened up for public use but called for full consultation with the community on proposals for its use.
"The club is hopeful that future development on the site will recognise the historical significance of the Redbank Rifle Range to its members, their history and the wider Ipswich community," he said.
Historically the site, a nature corridor situated between Redbank and Goodna, served as a major training ground for Australian and US military forces during World War II.
It also provided a home range for Ipswich and District Rifle Club and its predecessors, the Ipswich Railway Rifle Club and Ipswich City Rifle Club. The club is now based at South Ripley.
"The Old Redbank Rifle Range will forever be held in high regard as a site integral to the development of our nation's defence force," Mr Rush said.
"Perhaps most sentimentally to locals it will always remain known as the Old Redbank Rifle Range, a home for national champions and the site where a volunteer club made a name for itself in an international sport."