Archery club banned from training facility due to asbestos damage

August 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

A BALLARAT archer's campaign to make the national team vying for a world title is in jeopardy after the asbestos-riddled ceiling at his training facility fell in.

Geoff Rogers and fellow members of the Wendouree Archery Club members have been banned from their only indoor training range, after the ceiling of the Ballarat City Council-owned building collapsed.

Mr Rogers, the Australian State Indoor Archery title holder, said club representatives met several times with the council since it closed the building two weeks ago at the Ballarat Airport.

He said the indoor range had to be shut for safety reasons, after the asbestos ceiling dropped in several places.

"All they've decided at our meetings has been to have another meeting," Mr Rogers said.

"I know archery is low on the totem pole of funding for sports facilities by the council, but all we need is the facility to be made safe so we can use it.

"At the moment we're just in limbo."

Last month, Mr Rogers claimed his first Australian indoor archery title and broke an Australian masters' record. He now has the potential to make the Australian team, but with nowhere to train, his campaign is in jeopardy.

"All they've decided at our meetings has been to have another meeting"
He believes all the archery range needs is for a qualified asbestos tradesperson to come in and repair the damage.

Mr Rogers said Wendouree Archery Club had more than 50 members and was the oldest continually running archery club in Australia, also opening its facilities to local school groups for activities.

Despite this, they received very little funding for their facilities from the council, he said.

Mr Rogers said the club also had an outdoor archery range but it was unsuitable to use in the winter months.

"I would have thought getting it repaired was a matter of urgency with potential asbestos exposure," he said.

"We've been denied access ever since the council had a look two weeks ago."

The council's General Manager of City Infrastructure Eric Braslis said the council had not closed the building, but there were some issues that needed to be addressed.

"It is our obligation to ensure that the club is able to continue to use their facilities and we will continue to work with the club on a solution," he said.