Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex
The Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex (SHRSC) at Hill Top is a long-standing commitment to the sport of shooting by the NSW Government. It was first approved in 2010 to secure long term tenure for shooting clubs impacted by urban encroachment in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands Region.
It involved the transfer of more than 2800 hectares of land to the State’s National Park and Reserve system under an ‘off-set’ package as shooting clubs merge and relinquish their home ranges.
The existing 800 metre range was approved by Wingecarribee Shire Council (WSC) in 1986 and has been operational since 1987. The range was managed by the Southern Highlands Rifle Club until 15 February 2007, when the Southern Highlands Regional Shooting Complex Inc (SHRSC Inc), took over the day-to-day management. It is now operated by the Office of Sport along with a new 500m & 50m range under the auspice of the Sydney International Shooting Centre at Cecil Park.
Future additional ranges (200 metre range, shotgun range, indoor air range and clubhouse) are permitted in terms of the Minister’s Conditions of Approval.
Together these two shooting facilities will provide shooters with an ability to participate and shoot all the approved shooting events in NSW.
800 metre range
The 800m range is a “Classification Range”, by definition of the NSW Firearms Registry. It has a narrow danger template that allows for long range shooting at distances of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800m. The range has limited capacity and is only available by a Club Booking
500 metre range
The 500m range has a full NATO 7.62 hard target and Big Game Rifle template allowing for rifles up to a calibe of 8mm and up to of a calibre of and not exceeding 14.65mm (.577), only in Big Game Match, not exceeding muzzle energy of 6400 ft/lbs. (Excluding .338 Lapua Magnum, .50BMG and all associated wildcats). Pistols are approved to a calibre of .45.
The range has 60 shooting positions under the cover of an acoustic shelter with target stands at 50, 100, 150, 200, 300, 385 & 500m.
The range is equipped with Metallic Silhouette rails and will shortly have targets available
50 metre range
The 50m range consists of 5 individual ranges all with a distance of 50m. One range is earth for IPSC and action type matches, the other 4 ranges have pneumatic turning targets on rails that move from 3yrs to 50mtrs. The 50m range is also equipped with an Action Match moving target, barricades and falling plates
The 50m & 500m ranges are available for Club and casual use on Saturday and Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
IPSC and Metallic Silhouette are events that will be shot on days organised by the Venue and not offered on a casual basis. Metallic Silhouette sighting targets will be available shortly for practice.