Racegoers can look forward to celebrating the new $4.2 million grandstand and community hub at Charlton Park Reserve in style at a special harness meeting on Sunday.
The new multi-purpose facility at Charlton Park Reserve replaces old buildings that were in poor condition, flood-damaged and no longer met the needs of the community.
The Andrews Labor Government invested $1.5 million towards the cost of the community-driven project which has delivered improved facilities for regional harness racing, Agricultural and Pastoral Society administration facilities, a 240-seat function centre and shared clubrooms for football, netball, hockey, tennis, cricket and golf.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula also announced today that the Labor Government would contribute $2,700 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the Charlton Harness Racing Club’s Return to Racing meeting on Sunday.
Celebrations for the Return to Racing meeting will include a jumping castle for the kids, the chance to ride in the mobile barrier and complimentary race books and barbecue. Entry is free.
Charlton Harness Racing Club is providing more than $3,000 towards the day, with Harness Racing Victoria tipping in $300.
Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided $525,891 to support four harness events and six infrastructure projects at Charlton Harness Racing Club.
As noted by Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“Congratulations to the Charlton community on your efforts to bring a new era of racing and sport to the Wimmera.”
“We’re proud to have been able to do our bit, and to help kickstart the celebrations in Charlton on Sunday.”
As noted by Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“I’m so happy that we’ve been able to help the community make Charlton 2020 a reality – let the events begin!”
As noted by Charlton Harness Racing Club manager Gary Cooper
“We thank the Victorian Government for its support of our new grandstand and our Return to Racing celebrations.”
As noted by Harness Racing Victoria chairman Dale Monteith
“We thank the government for its investment in this wonderful facility which will be a game-changer for the code in the local area.”