Archers thank businessman for his generosity

RIBBON: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock cuts the ribbon to open the range while watched by Steve Badman, left, Mayor Leon Stephens and archery club president Greg Carman. Eventually, four kinds of archery competition will be held there. Port Pirie Regional Council was thanked also for helping with the project.
RIBBON: Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock cuts the ribbon to open the range while watched by Steve Badman, left, Mayor Leon Stephens and archery club president Greg Carman. Eventually, four kinds of archery competition will be held there. Port Pirie Regional Council was thanked also for helping with the project.
RANGE: Archers from Port Pirie and other centres display some of their bows at the new indoor range.

RANGE: Archers from Port Pirie and other centres display some of their bows at the new indoor range.

"He is not a 'baddie' - he is a 'goodie'!"

These were the words of Mid North Archers president Greg Carman when speaking of businessman Steve Badman, known as "baddie".

Mr Badman proved to be quite the opposite of his nickname after helping to arrange a $100,000 indoor range for the club.

The structure was originally a shed without walls at the former abattoir site, in Abattoir Road, on the outskirts of Port Pirie.

The former meatworks site had been taken over by Mr Badman's company McMahon Services.

Mr Badman allowed the club, with some help from his team, to pull down the structure to relocate it to the archery club, off Port Germein Road.

With support from Bentley's Building Supplies, earthmover Lin Joyce and Rexel lighting, the project went ahead, with walls being added and the cost being only about $5000.

Mr Carman said the work had taken about eight months and the site was now worth $100,000.

It was finished in time for the club to host visitors for the Come See Change Masters Games and will eventually host multiple ranges under one roof.

The range was opened by Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock, who cut a ribbon, at a gathering on April 7.

Mr Brock said Mr Badman had been "very generous".

"We have some really great people in this club - national and international winners - maybe someone will qualify for the Olympics," he said.

Mr Badman said he would help any sport club which had volunteers who wanted to work.

"It saved them a lot of time and money," he said.

"If everyone stood back and did nothing, we would not have any of these events going on.

"You do feel proud and at the end of the day it is about supporting your community and giving them inspiration."

The range will eventually host all four forms of archery - target, indoor, clout and field shoot.

President Mr Carman said the Port Pirie Regional Council had also helped with the project.

"The club is heading up and up and up," he said.

Archer Mark Goulding, who works for McMahon's, said he had asked Mr Badman for a shed in July last year and he replied, "what about this one?" "We removed it and reinstated it here," he said.

Mr Goulding, who is workshop manager with the company, supervised about 15 volunteers painstakingly removing screws from the roof and handing down the sheets of iron.

"'Baddie' helped with machinery, trucks and earthworks," he said.

The volunteers and their benefactor have scored the first "bullseye" at the new range.

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