Incident Date
1 March 2021
Locations Affected
North east

Key Messages

Wangaratta Clay Target Club operates next to the North Wangaratta Recreation Reserve, in Detour Rd North Wangaratta.  

Target shooting at ranges can cause contamination. Contamination can come from:  

  • lead which makes up the largest part of most types of ammunition (bullets and shot)  
  • polyaromatic hydrocarbons found in clay targets used at shooting ranges. 

Contamination from shooting ranges can cause concern because: 

  • exposure to lead can harm people’s health 
  • it can spread and contaminate nearby land and waterways 
  • grazing livestock can ingest contaminants such as lead 
  • it can harm the local environment and animals. 

EPA received reports of lead shot at the North Wangaratta Recreation Reserve. Our investigation found shot from the nearby Wangaratta Clay Target Shooting Club.  

We issued notices to the Wangaratta Clay Target Club, which required them to: 

  • establish the extent of the contamination 
  • prevent groundwater and land contamination from occurring. 

The council closed the reserve after receiving test results. The results showed that lead levels were above health limits for public open space on the site’s eastern boundary. The council has removed contaminated soil from the oval, and the reserve is open for use again. 

Get more information about contamination from Wangaratta Clay Target Club

For information about environmental or health risks, contact EPA:

email us at

phone us on 1300 372 842. We’re here 24 hours.

For information about the restoration of the oval, contact the Rural City of Wangaratta

phone on 03 5722 0888.

The Department of Health and Human Services has information for residents on private drinking water supplies:

Phone 1300 761 874


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Reviewed 19 April 2021