Factory bid at former gun club site

NEW BUSINESS: PCM Enviro’s Paul Mitchell (left), Olympic Shooter James Willett and Craig Mitchell are hopeful council will approve their application for an ammunition factory at the old Euroa Gun Club, Creightons Creek.

A PROPOSED ammunition factory to be built in Creightons Creek has brought developers and nearby landholders into dispute.

The Shire of Strathbogie received an application from shotgun shell manufacturers PCM Enviro last month, requesting to use the site of the old Euroa Gun Club at 167 Halsalls lane.

PCM Enviro recovers used lead shot from gun clubs and shooting ranges. This recycled material is then turned into new shells, which are cheaper than buying them new.

Ten per cent of the money made from the selling of shot or new shells is then returned to the gun club from which it was collected.

Brothers Paul and Craig Mitchell operate PCM Enviro.

They told the Gazette the proposed factory was an exciting development for the area which would bring with it jobs and visitors.

“What we want to build here is a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility that not only helps local gun clubs to stay afloat, but will also bring employment and visitors to town,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Building the facility will create new jobs for tradespeople. Once built, we will have three to four permanent staff, as well as maintenance staff and transport people.

“We use 100 per cent recycled product which is collected from right across Australia, and we are currently the only company that operates this way.

“Instead of putting more lead into circulation, we are using what’s already here.”

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