It's rare for local planning issues to gain national prominence, but the fate of Malabar headland, 11 kilometres south-east of the Sydney CBD and home to the Anzac Rifle Range, is a saga to rival the city’s second airport.

Incoming Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, a keen shooter, has weighed into the debate, telling Crikey this morning he would use his influence in the upper house to push for security of tenure for the NSW Rifle Association, which runs the range at Malabar, in line with recent comments he made to The Sydney Morning Herald about looming budget negotiations.