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SSAA Victoria would like to thank all of its loyal members for their ongoing commitment to the shooting sports and the Association. To ensure all members are informed about the running of the Association, certain information is made available online. It includes the Board of Directors’ profiles, the financial reports, policies, the constitution, by-laws and insurance information.

SSAA Victoria News

SSAA Victoria regularly publishes news stories about firearms-related regulation, politics, crime, hunting, media, events and more to ensure its members are kept informed about issues that affect them.

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  • Board of directors
  • Financial reports
  • Policies
  • Our constitution
  • Our by-laws
  • Insurance

Board of directors

The SSAA Victoria Board has eleven members. Each director serves a three-year term before their position is up for nominations. Ahead of the Annual General Meeting each year, the entire membership base is given the opportunity to enter a postal vote for Board nominees. The results of the ballot are announced at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in September.

Get to know the directors by reading the short biographies below, or connecting with them via email.


DENIS MORONEY – PresidentDenis Moroney

Denis’ background is in the ownership and management of multiple small businesses. Denis was heavily involved in motor racing for many years. For 25 years he held a senior role as Chief Pit Lane Marshal, which saw him training and supervising up to 50 volunteers per meeting.

Denis is keen to secure the future of the SSAA in Victoria, with his energy being channeled into succession planning, establishing new metropolitan shooting ranges and catering to the increased interest in the shooting sports.

Denis is the current President of SSAA Victoria, Junior Vice President of SSAA National and hold positions on the National SHOT Expo sub-committee and finance sub-committee. He is also on the SSAA Insurance Brokers Board.

denism@ssaavic.com.au


DAVID SCHERECK – senior vice president

David is a retired senior federal public servant having managed several large defence bases as the IT Operations Manager. Before that, he was a career military officer, commencing as an infantry soldier with the Third Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Now retired, he has the time to devote to overseeing the direction of the SSAA Victoria as a director.

He has a lifelong involvement in target pistol and rifle shooting (civilian and military) having done stints as Club President and Club Captain of a number of pistol and rifle clubs, and as Regional Coordinator for IPSC Victoria in the 1980s. David is also a keen hunter.

I’m committed to the SSAA. I want to continue contributing to: developing regional branches; undertaking advocacy for hunters – including lobbying for sound moderators; future-proofing our ranges by acquiring adjoining properties; and supporting branches, sub clubs and individuals in fielding state competition teams.

dschereck@ssaavic.com.au


BILL CAMPBELL – junior vice president

Bill Campbell is an avid pistol shooter, who has been President of Practical Pistol League of Australia for 26 years – since 1992. As President of the PPLA, he has transformed the club from a newly established SSAA sub-club to one of SSAA Victoria’s largest and most respected clubs. PPLA is now the premier IPSC club in Australia because of work Bill was involved in.

Bill was also President of IPSC in Victoria for 16 years. He was also a member of the National Executive, making decisions relating to IPSC Australia-wide.
His professional background involves maintenance and management work. As a maintenance manager at BHP, he had up to 400 people under his leadership and was responsible for maintaining machinery valued at up to $100m.

As a Board member, Bill’s focus will be on advocating to government; retaining, and growing, the membership; finding suitable land for ranges, particularly in the east; and securing access to National Parks for hunters.

bjcmbell@bigpond.com


ROSS FARMER – secretary

Ross brought to the Board his extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant and CPA. He also had Director and CFO level experience in diverse corporate environments.

Ross has specialist skill sets in corporate governance and compliance; financial management and accountability; risk assessment and management; project and change management; and stakeholder management.

He brings to the Board a sound knowledge of Board Charters and Codes of Conduct. Ross has been a member of the SSAA since 2003.

Ross is the current Secretary of SSAA Victoria.

rfarmer@ssaavic.com.au


ANDREW HEPNER

Andrew has been member of SSAA since 1984. He is a hunter and an active member of the Big Game Rifle Club (BGRC), along with being a pistol shooter. Andrew competes regularly at Eagle Park as well as in State, National and International Championships.

Andrew has served on the BGRC committee since 1984 as well as the Eagle Park Range Consultative Committee, in all of its forms, for the past 10 years. He is committed to improving SSAA Victoria’s facilities for all shooters members, including hunters, target shooters, collectors and casual range users.

Andrew is an engine reconditioner/engineer and works with his two sons at his Geelong machine shop. Andrew is also a licensed firearms dealer.

andrewh@ssaavic.com.au


COLIN WOOD

Colin Wood is an active hunter. He retired from a management position within SSAA Victoria at the start of 2015 after more than 10 years of service.

Colin has extensive knowledge of hunting and pest control in Victoria and offers sound representation on duck, deer, and quail hunting issues.

Colin’s experience includes 10 years managing hunting and conservation for SSAA Victoria; five years as President of the SSAA Deerstalkers; six years as President of the Victorian Game and Deerstalkers Association; three years as President of the Shooting Sports Council of Victoria (SSCV); five years as President of the SSCV Hunting Committee; 20 years as a farmer and 28 years as a senior manager of Defence Force equipment manufacturing and repairs.

cwood521@bigpond.com


DAVID ZIELINSKI

David is one of the youngest people serving on the SSAA Victoria Board and recognises that the youth of today are the are future of hunting and target shooting.

With almost 18 years of experience in the IT industry as a specialist consultant, David has extensive experience in project management, design and implementation of corporate and government IT systems, services and infrastructure all across Australia.

As a keen hunter and target shooter, David has also been involved with a number of sub-clubs, as former Secretary of the Deerstalkers Club and Treasurer of the Arms and Militaria Collectors Club. David also volunteers as a Range Officer, assisting fellow shooters and newcomers on the ranges.

David’s focus is on ensuring SSAA Victoria continues to grow as an organisation in a positive direction, especially for the representation of members’ interests and the broader hunting and target shooting community.

davidz@ssaavic.com.au


HENRY ROGERS

Henry has been a member of SSAA Victoria since 1992. He is an experienced competition shooter, with a particularly interest in various handgun disciplines. However, his lifelong passion has been hunting.

Henry grew up hunting rabbits and foxes on farms owned by relatives. In more recent times deer stalking has been his sport of choice. In 2014 Henry achieved a life goal of hunting plains game in Africa. Henry is also an active participant in the SSAA Conservation and Pest Management program, which he sees, not as a personal hunting opportunity, but rather as volunteer service for the benefit of the community.

Henry sees growing restrictions and bureaucracy as posing a major threat to the sport. He believes that hunting and fishing are intrinsic and necessary parts of our nature as human beings. Furthermore he sees that hunting and fishing provide the cornerstone to effective environmental land management.

henryrogers888@gmail.com


JEFF KUYKEN

Jeff Kuyken has been involved in SSAA for more than 20 years. In his free time, Jeff hunts fox, duck and deer, and enjoys breaking a clay or two.

Jeff’s interest in SSAA began with his involvement in establishing the Field Hunters Club, of which he is a past President. He then joined the State Board of Directors, where he served in a number of positions, including Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and Secretary, over 20 years.

Jeff works full-time as a building contractor in the commercial and domestic construction industries. His passion for SSAA has never waned over the years and he maintains a strong desire to see the shooting sports progress and expand into the future.

Jeff is also the Victorian delegate of the SSAA National Board.

jeff@ssaavic.com.au


LANCE EASTWOOD

Lance has been a shooter since he was 15 years old and a member of SSAA since 1975. Lance has been a member of the Big Game Rifle Club (BGRC) since its inception in 1983. He has served in every position of the BGRC committee, including President.

Field hunting is Lance’s passion and he hunts game birds in season and pursues deer whenever he can escape his work commitments. Lance hunts feral goats and pigs, using visits to his Queensland family stations to help control the numbers. Lance has been fortunate enough to have hunted buffalo in the Northern Territory, camels in Queensland and other feral animals on the edges of the Simpson Desert.

Lance has been actively involved with the Eagle Park Range Consultative Committee for the past 10 years and is proud of what it has achieved.

Being a small business owner for the past 36 years as an electrical contractor in the commercial field, as well as running a security business for the past 20 years, Lance can manage projects from design to completion. He believes this experience has been helpful in his role as a Director of SSAA Victoria.

lanceE@ssaavic.com.au


MARION BARNES

Marion is an active committee member at SSAA Shepparton Branch, where her role is Publicity Officer and Event Organiser. She initiated the 2016 and 2017 ladies come-and-try days, attracting close to 100 ladies to both events. Marion also organised two very successful Pink Ribbon Fundraisers and two Blue Ribbon Charity events in support of the local Police, both attracting huge publicity for the sport.

Marion has served two terms on the Victorian Government Shooting Sports Facilities Program grants committee and continues to work on the positive promotion of the shooting sports. She enjoys talking to members at a grassroots level and shooting alongside them. Her passion is encouraging more women and juniors to the sport.

As a Justice of the Peace, Marion enjoys supporting her community and has found it to be a most rewarding experience.

mbarnes698@gmail.com

Financial reports

SSAA Victoria makes its financial reports available to members prior to the Annual General Meeting. The financial year runs from May to April. The below reports include a statement of comprehensive income, a statement of financial position, a statement of cash flows and the auditor’s report.

Policies

Our constitution

The current constitution was written at the inception of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Victoria) in 1973. In the past 41 years it has seen many additions and amendments.

The constitution is the cornerstone of the SSAA.

Proposed modernised constitution

The Board and the company lawyer have been reviewing the  constitution and rectifying major problems. In order to serve the best interests of the members, a modernised constitution will need to be voted on in the future.

Modernising the constitution was a move suggested by the company lawyer, who said, “… it would be a worthwhile exercise for the SSAA (Vic) Constitution to be updated and modernised … (so) it is timely and useful for members to consider a replacement document.”

“Producing a modern document, which more closely follows and adopts the current provisions of the act, is likely to be more useful to the board and to the members in understanding their rights under the act, than the current document which certainly contains some provisions that are no longer legally effective,” the lawyer said.

“It has not been an easy exercise to bring the existing document into a modern format, which perhaps explains why it has not been attempted before. However, in circumstances where the current document has been the subject of a significant number of amendments since 1973, the time is right for renewal.”

For many years, the constitution made no provision for proxy voting. The Corporations Act says you must make provision for proxy voting, so we must change the constitution in order to comply with the law. But what we can do to stop unfair manipulation is to limit the number of proxies any one individual can have. And that’s what the board is recommending.

The proposed modernised constitution may be found here.

Our by-laws

SSAA Victoria has a set of by-laws, which were established in 1999 to regulate the running of the body. Since being established, the current by-laws have been amended several times – in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

To view the current by-laws click here.

Proposed by-laws

SSAA Victoria has reviewed its by-laws and proposed a modernised version. The proposed by-laws can be found here.

Insurance

Your SSAA membership provides you with $20 million public liability and personal accident insurance. Public liability insurance covers bodily injury and/or property damage caused by a firearm, while the personal accident insurance protects members participating in sub-club or branch-arranged activities, volunteer work or recreational hunting.

As well as this, members have the option to pay an additional fee and secure $25,000 worth of insurance for their firearms and fixed accessories, through SSAA Insurance Brokers. This is all arranged simply by ticking a box on your membership form, renewal, or by calling the State Office on 03 8892 2777.

Click below to read more on the insurance offered to SSAA members:

Public liability insurance

What is covered?

Covering the insured’s legal liability to third parties for bodily injury and/or property damage caused by an occurrence in connection with the insured’s activities. SSAA members are covered for all lawful recreational shooting, including bow hunting or target archery (except where such activities require membership of another shooting association).

Limit of indemnity

Public liability: Limit of liability $20,000,000
Products liability: Limit of liability $20,000,000

Excess

$1000 for each and every occurrence

Additional special condition

Archery and bow hunting activities approved by SSAA are as follows:

  1. Recreational bow hunting by individual SSAA members in jurisdictions where this is permitted by law;
  2. Target archery competition and practice by SSAA members at SSAA and affiliated shooting ranges where approved by the SSAA or affiliated shooting club operating that range and permitted in that jurisdiction.

Exclusions

We shall not provide compensation against liability in respect of personal injury or property damage arising directly or indirectly out of or caused by:

  1. Any person (including a member of the insured) whilst participating in combat and/or skirmishing.
  2. Riding or handling of any horse owned by or in the insured’s physical or legal control.
  3. Activities in relation to Working Dog Club’s breeding and training activities as well as those of individual members.
  4. Excludes liability for persons who are not licensed.

Personal accident insurance

Insured activities

Cover under this policy shall apply whilst:

  1. For all members and voluntary workers whilst engaged in officially sanctioned activities involving:
    1. participating in club, representative, State or National events (including shooting, hunting, conservation and other activities authorised by the insured)
    2. training arranged by the insured
    3. in an administrative capacity as an official or trainer or fund-raiser
    4. other activities authorised by the Association
  2. For all members whilst involved in recreational shooting or hunting

Recreational Shooting includes Bow Hunting or Target Archery (except where such activity requires membership of another Shooting Association).

Archery and bow hunting activities approved by SSAA are as follows:

  1. Recreational bow hunting by individual SSAA members in jurisdictions where this is permitted by law
  2. Target archery competition and practice by SSAA members at SSAA and affiliated shooting ranges where approved by the SSAA or affiliated shooting club operating that range and permitted in that jurisdiction

Geographical limit

Worldwide

Age limit

Between the ages of 12 and 80

SSAA Members firearms insurance

NAME OF INSURED: The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia Inc Financial Gold Members

UNDERWRITER: QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited

INTEREST INSURED: Privately owned firearms plus fixed accessories

INSURED PERILS: Accidental damage and accidental loss of the equipment (including whilst in use), collision or overturning of the vehicle, theft, fire, flood, malicious damage and
extraneous perils.

ENDORSEMENTS: Cover will not be available for theft where the equipment was not stored in an approved gun safe as required by State or Territory authority, other than when the equipment is in use or away from the Insured’s premises or where the Insured or any person or entity to whom the equipment has been entrusted to fails to comply with any law relating to either storage, use or handling of the equipment.

GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITS: Within Australia and New Zealand, includes overseas cover for 28 days any one trip

SUMS INSURED: Limit of Indemnity $25,000

EXCESS: $100

POLICY WORDING: QBE General Property QM286 (exclusion 7 deleted)

For further information on SSAA Insurance Brokers visit ssaaib.com.au.