ORANGE City Council will seek costings to set up indoor archery at the Naylor Pavilion after facility requirements were considered.
Council staff brought back specifications for club, state, national and international competitions for both indoor and outdoor disciplines.
Indoor ranges require a shooting distance of 18 metres, with state and national competitions calling for 50 targets.
However the most important investment is lighting, which is required to outline the field of play, illuminate archers on the shooting line and illuminate targets so they are visible from all angles.
Asking for a feasibility study, councillor Sam Romano believed the range could be set up inside the pavilion, while still allowing other events to use the space.
Cr Romano said the outdoor archery range proposal was not needed.
“The one at Lewis Ponds is probably okay, but if we get the indoor one up and running, it’s going to be popular,” he said.
Mayor Reg Kidd supported the study, saying some ideas came from left field.
“Rowing on the dam, Kinross Wolaroi – that wasn’t on our sights and it was brought forward and it’s been fantastic, perhaps this will be just the same,” he said.
Councillor Steven Nugent said the project still needed to be measured against other sporting projects before it could be funded.
Orange Show Society Peter Naylor said he had not heard of the proposal, but thought “anything is worth a try”.
“I would really like to see the pavilion used more,” he said.
Mr Naylor said the facility would become more popular once toilets were built nearby.
A report will be brought back.
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