Minister backs council on Corella Shooting range

NATIONAL Parks Minister Steve Dickson appears to have backed Gympie Regional Council processes on the issue of the Corella shooting range.

The council has been accused of delaying the project, following approval by Mr Dickson.

Shooting sports representative, Ron Owen said the council seemed to be going slow on the project, which has already been delayed for many years.

However, in a letter to state parliament, presented to the house this week, Mr Dickson said his approval has always been conditional on Gympie Regional Council carrying out all necessary negotiations with interest groups.

However, in his letter, dated September 26 (but only published in Hansard this week), Mr Dickson deals with issues linked to shooting lobby petitions.

Gympie MP David Gibson this week presented a "non-conforming petition" (one not set out according to the formal requirements of parliament) and sponsored an e-petition from 851 petitioners.

The petitions ask parliament to immediately excise the proposed range site in Curra State Forest and lease it to the council or the shooters themselves.

But Mr Dickson said his approval was "in principle" and conditions included the council "satisfactorily resolving all issues, including Native Title, existing use and forest production issues and development approvals," allowing for "differing views on where the complex should be located".