Shooting Industry Supports Bushfire Affected Families

Shooting Industry Supports Bushfire Affected Families

The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia has launched a fundraising effort in support of Australian families affected by our nation’s bushfire emergency.

SIFA President Luca Scribani Rossi says the time to express our community and solidarity with other Australians is right now.

“Bushfires blazing across parts of Australia’s east coast have claimed lives, destroyed homes and killed millions of animals,” Mr Scribani Rossi says.

“Please join Beretta Australia, Nioa, Raytrade and Winchester Australia and help raise funds to support those that have been impacted by these devastating fires via relief packages and pastoral care delivered by the Anglican Relief Bushfire Appeal,” he asks.

“This Appeal will make an immediate difference to those who have lost homes, livestock and so much more to Australian bushfires this season.”

The 2019-20 bushfire season is already the most destructive season since the 2008-09 fires and perhaps the most widespread in recorded history.

The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia stands ready to do its part to assist as communities adapt and overcome these very difficult conditions.

“There are more than a million licensed firearms owners in Australia and our retail industry contributes more than $6.2 billion dollars to the Australian economy every year via recreational and sporting shooting, stock and crop protection and ethical harvest,” Mr Scribani Rossi says.

“Shooting related tourism, accommodation, equipment supply, farming and sporting businesses across the country can expect significant impacts – not only on the bottom line but on health and wellbeing.”

“We know that Australian shooting families and businesses are hurting very badly and we will commit to continuing our work to protect and preserve their livelihoods and way of life,” he says.

SIFA Spokeswoman Laura Patterson says the peak body will continue to speak truth to power about the trustworthiness and importance of Australian shooting in economic, health and wellbeing terms.

“Australian shooters are good people, through and through. You don’t get the privilege of firearms ownership without proving it, and this industry will stand up for them every step of the way,” she says.

“The same poor policy and practise decisions that have led to this bushfire crisis are those our industry has highlighted via our advocacy over the last five years. Australians are sick to the back teeth of activism that shuts down practical, science informed action. Australians are sick of politicians who listen to a handful of agitators instead of making careful, measured and ongoing investments in ideas and technical infrastructure,” she says.

SIFA’s priorities over the coming months include:

  • support the resupply of critical farming and animal management equipment lost in the bushfires via Licensed Firearms Dealers;
  • convene a Bushfire Recovery Summit with Australian shooting membership organisations to support the rebuild of affected shooting related businesses and clubs;
  • continue to work with Licensed Firearms Dealers and State and Territory Firearms Registries to ensure seamless firearms records management.

 

Please, consider making your contribution here: https://www.givenow.com.au/crowdraiser/public/berettaaustraliabushfirereliefappeal/

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Further Information: Laura Patterson, Communications and Research, Tel 0408 296 521