Boosting Jobs And Investment In Harness Racing

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will cement our position as Australia’s premier racing state with an increase in prize money for Victorian harness racing.

The harness racing industry contributes $600 million to Victoria’s economy and supports more than 4,300 jobs across the state, many in regional communities.

A re-elected Labor Government will help grow the sport and support grassroots harness racing across Victoria with a $6 million boost to prize money over the next two years.

This will allow the Victorian harness racing industry to maintain the very best quality of racing and attract more investment for breeding and training.

This major investment will ensure harness racing remains of the highest standard and returns more money to the hard-working and dedicated participants, including owners, drivers breeders and trainers, in both suburban and regional areas.

It builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of more than $13 million since being elected, assisting Harness Racing Victoria and its clubs to improve racing and training facilities, upgrade public amenities and support race days.

Only Labor will back our harness racing industry and jobs, as well as the Victorians who rely on it for their livelihood, and ensure Victoria remains the number one racing state.

As stated by Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“With boosted prize money, a re-elected Labor Government will ensure Victoria remains the premier harness racing state and that jobs and investment remain in Victoria and continue to grow.”

“At its core, this investment is about backing the dedicated men and women who work in our harness racing industry, right across our state.”

As stated by Harness Racing Victoria Chairman Dale Monteith

“Harness Racing Victoria welcomes this significant funding commitment from the Andrews Labor Government, which will enable us to increase prizemoney further over the next two years after paying out more prizemoney than ever before in season 2017-18.”

“This investment will benefit all industry participants as the stakes increase will be across a range of classes, from restricted races right through to Grand Circuit level.”

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