The Ministerial Advisory Council on Shooting Clubs (MACOSC) was set up by the Carr government in NSW in 1997 to distribute Sport and Recreation funds to shooting clubs. MACOSC was dominated by John Tingle, whose vote the government sometimes needed to ensure passage of its legislation. There was always a suspicion the money was little more than what would have been provided anyway, but at least the clubs had some guidance as to how to get it. Applicants that Tingle disapproved of (mostly SSAA branches) got nothing, but that still left several hundred clubs that received some financial assistance. Tens of thousands of shooters benefited from the improved facilities.
The total distributed by MACOSC since 1997 was about $4 million. Funds available in the current year are $300,000, a bit lower than the annual average.
Since it was established in 2003 the NSW Game Council has required government funding of about $5.6 million, with more needed. The money has mostly been required to keep the Council operating, with 6 field officers, various other staff and an office in Orange.
Very few shooters have benefited from this money. There are the 5,000 who took out Restricted Game Licences allowing them to hunt in state forests, a few duck hunters and very small number of deer hunters. That’s it.
Just imagine how many more shooters would have benefited if that money had been distributed by MACOSC.