Ten race clubs in Western Queensland will share in $725,900 worth of funding to deliver new and improved racing infrastructure.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the funding was part of a $3.9 million country racing infrastructure package to be shared between 55 Queensland race clubs.
The funding for Western Queensland includes:
- Alpha Jockey Club – $50,000 for sand to top dress the racing surface
- Aramac Racing Club – $22,000 for fencing to float park area and upgrade of existing electrical wiring and installation of new power box and sub boards main
- Barcaldine Racing Club inc. – $25,000 for barrier storage shed
- Barcoo Amateur Race Club – $100,000 for new running rail and new perimeter fencing
- Bedourie Amateur Race Club – $150,000 for refurbishment of tie up stalls and upgrade Jockey/Stewards’ rooms
- Betoota Race Club – $10,000 for barrier refurbishment
- Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club – $112,500 for vet and swabbing area upgrade, earthworks, fencing, and loading ramps to stable precinct, to refurbish tower stairs, to refurbish Stewards’ room and upgrade to camera tower
- Isisford Race Club Inc. – $64,400 for track upgrade (400m top dress), misting sprays for tie up stalls, refurbish running rail (paint) and tower repairs (Photo Finish and Caller Towers)
- Longreach Jockey Club – $100,000 to replace combined Judges/camera/race caller tower
- Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club – $92,000 for fencing to float car park area, upgrade swab stalls, upgrade Steward/camera tower and upgrade to Judges tower
“Country racing is integral to communities and residents living in Western Queensland,” he said.
“Small non-TAB clubs are at the heart of these communities, bringing people together and supporting local economies.
“They’re not rich clubs by any means, but they have to meet ongoing infrastructure needs and this doesn’t always come cheap.
“These funds will help improve the financial bottom line of these clubs while delivering the infrastructure they need going forward.
“It’s all part of the Palaszczuk Government’s four-year $70.4 million Country Racing Support Package which is delivering great results at the grassroots level.”