ABOUT THE CLUB
History of the Club
Shoalhaven Hunting Club was formed on the 10th of December 1996 by 3 committee members of the Shoalhaven branch of The Shooters Party. The first meeting was held on February the 17th 1997 where the inaugural committee was appointed. More recently the Club has confirmed its political neutrality, instead shifting its advocacy functions towards raising awareness of the vital service conducted by hunters and the minimal negative environmental impacts of hunting versus other control methods.
Since its initial formation in 1996, the Club has had a strong presence in all aspects of feral animal control in the Shoalhaven and beyond. We have serviced hundreds of properties from Bega and Bombala in the south to Wagga Wagga and Bathurst in the west and Wollongong in the north.
"Shoalhaven Hunting Club has been servicing south-eastern NSW since 1996"
By 2016, the Club had grown to such a size that it was decided that all aspects of membership management needed to go digital to improve the experience for members and optimise the efficiency of the Club in placing members on properties.
Throughout 2017, the Committee set up a comprehensive membership platform. By 2018, the next step was to set up a digital system of hunting property management. The trial stage of the digital property management system went live in mid 2019 with full operational capacity expected by late 2019. The new system allows streamlined management of member attendances on Club hunting properties as well as allows direct involvement of landholders in setting hunt schedules.
As an approved hunting club, the Club plays a significant role in the firearms and hunting licensing of Members. Early experience showed the Committee needed to have significant supervisory powers to administer its statutory responsibilities. Similarly, experience with property management indicated that a system of shared responsibility between the Committee and Club Members would optimise the experience for property owners.
In early 2019, major reforms were passed to strengthen the supervisory powers of the Committee as well as greatly improve operational transparency. This has led to a clear understanding of Committee duties and procedures and has greatly improved the experience of both Members and property owners.
"Digitisation & major governance reforms have optimised the Club's management"
President - Rodney Haley
Rod is a former butcher with over 30 years experience. He brings a great wealth of information to the Club about all aspects of butchering, tanning, knife sharpening and maintenance. Rod has also been hunter nearly his whole life and is always willing to share his knowledge of rifle capabilities, scopes, and night vision gear.
Vice President - Wayne Fitzsimmons
Wayne currently runs Extreme Outdoor Sports - the firearms dealership in South Nowra. His constant work with rifles and bows has given him extensive knowledge of the performance of all the major brands and he can readily advise which rifles and ammunition are most suitable for each hunter's needs.
Wayne also has over 10 years experience as a hunter and has serviced many properties in the local area.
Secretary - POSITION VACANT
Treasurer - Matthew Solway
Matthew grew up on a farm in the south west of Western Australia.
Matt was taught to shoot when he was six years old and
with a military background he has been around
small arm rifles for close to two decades.
Matt imparts his knowledge to the club by helping new members around
safety aspects and the principles of marksmanship.
He has been hunting for six years, mostly in the local Shoalhaven area.
Apart from busy life in the military, Matt has a hobby business
in knife sharpening and able to assist club members with how to care for knives and
keep them in pristine condition for field dressing,
home butchering and general/commercial kitchen use.
Property Coordinator (Information) & Media Officer - POSITION VACANT
Hunt Manager - Russel Matthews
I’ve been hunting since childhood in South Australia then moved to Sydney as a teenager
where I became a qualified butcher.
In 1988 I moved to Mittagong and continued hunting in the highlands
before moving to the coast 20 years ago.
I’m passionate about hunting/shooting and enjoy introducing people to this fantastic sport.
Hunting Trainer - POSITION VACANT
Dapto Representative - Graham Dibley
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Dapto Representative - Peter Moore
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General Committee -
Craig comes from a farming family who settled in the Northern Shoalhaven in the 1890s. A sound knowledge of the impact of feral species on both agriculture and the environment has seen Craig develop a passion for the control of introduced species that affect our region.
Product and Events Officer -POSITION VACANT
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