Here is their latest steaming turd for your amusement:
Residents ‘gobsmacked’ shooting range requires no council permit
Jordan Kelly says she is horrified a shooting range can be operated near her rural Nelson home without a council permit.
Her neighbour, Michelle Conroy, said she was amazed it could be established without nearby residents receiving any form of notification.
“It can go on for hours,” Kelly said of the shooting. “My ear canal hurts.”
Kelly moved into her home off Gourmet Rd at Thorpe about October as a temporary measure while she has a house built on a section she is purchasing in the Marlborough Sounds.
A commercial contracts consultant, Kelly worked from home and said she did not know before moving in about the nearby Motueka Pistol Club Inc range, which is on forestry land further along Gourmet Rd.
Mitigation measures such as ear plugs and playing music made little difference.
“It’s a very unhealthy environment for humans and animals to be subjected to – just the same as living in a war zone,” Kelly said.
Conroy, a long-time resident, said her late dog, Jemma, went from being “a normal happy dog” to an insecure animal that would cower when shots were fired after the range was established several years ago.
Jemma would “almost go into convulsions; she’d get really, really trembly and insecure; it would last for quite a long time”.
It lasted years “until she got very old and she went deaf”. That was almost a blessing “because she couldn’t hear it any more and she become a bit more kind of normal and not continuously frightened”.
Conroy is hearing impaired and said she did not always hear the shots herself.
“[But] sometimes, they get some really big guns up there – huge boom, boom and … I can hear them really, really clearly.”
Kelly wondered how a range had been allowed so close to residences and said she was horrified to learn a council consent was not required.
“I’m gobsmacked in the first degree.”
Conroy said she believed it was wrong no consent was required and neighbours did not need to be notified. She had never complained before because she assumed it had been through an approval process, it was already established before she knew what it was and the range was initially used just occasionally.
“At first, it was just one weekend once in a while, not as frequently as it is now.”
Tasman District Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King confirmed the range did not have, nor require, a resource consent for land use.
Recreational activities in rural zones were permitted under the council’s rules.
Bush-King said he believed the range had been operating since about 2008, during which time one complaint only had been logged. It was a “noise-related” complaint made on April 8.
“It was logged [with] no further action taken.”
The noise contractor had formed the view the activity was to be expected on the property and suggested the complainant contact the council, Bush-King said, adding the range was about 600m from the boundary of the property where Kelly lived.
Kelly said she had made three noise complaints, none of which had been actioned. She said she also believed her identity had been disclosed to the club, a matter that might result in her lodging a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner.
A Motueka Pistol Club officer declined to comment except to say the club was “seeking advice” over some claims made by Kelly.
Kelly said she would like to see the range relocated to the club members’ own properties so she could have peace at her home.
We checked and 600 meters is hearing safe for an artillery piece. What a drama queen.
It also now seems likely that she has complained about a neighbor shooting possums – not the range.
Who moves next to an established shooting club – with no issues ever – then expects them to shut down?! The arrogant entitlement of it.
She is only there while her new house is being built. Unbelievable.
Cherie is a reporter apparently.
Let her editor know your thoughts:
Stuff Editor in Chief
Stuff Deputy Editor
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Yes, we have made a formal complaint about the lack of accuracy and balance etc. Yawn.
Any random anti gets a story – we MAY get a letter to the editor. This is what journalism in New Zealand looks like.