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why did Wagga need an Olympic-standard shooting range?

A senior NSW bureaucrat tells the NSW ICAC ‘it wasn’t necessarily a good use of funds’.

Deputy Premier Stuart Ayres was sports minister when the project was funded (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

Why would NSW taxpayers pay millions for an Olympic-standard shooting facility in Wagga Wagga when there was one at Sydney Olympic Park?

This was the central issue being debated at ICAC’s Operation Keppel, which began in Sydney yesterday. 

This morning Paul Doorn, executive director of sport and recreation in the office of sport within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and then the executive director of the NSW government’s sport infrastructure group, gave evidence that he did not consider it a worthwhile use of public money. 

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