Country racing clubs set for $2.8 million windfall

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing The Honourable Grace Grace

Country racing clubs set for $2.8 million windfall

Upgrades worth $2.8 million will create more than 100 local jobs at Queensland’s smallest and most remote country race clubs.

Racing Minister Grace Grace today announced the latest 37 country clubs from Mareeba in the Far North to Betoota in the south-west to share in $2.8 million in infrastructure funding.

“Country racing plays a critical role in regional Queensland, contributing to economic and social wellbeing, as well as providing an important meeting hub for regional communities,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Country Racing Program provides critical infrastructure funding across the state to improve and enhance our non-TAB racing clubs and their communities.

“These are some of the state’s smallest and most remote clubs, and importantly, these projects will create work for local tradies and businesses.”

The Palaszczuk Government has committed a total of $105.6 million to country racing over six years.

This includes funds for non-TAB clubs for infrastructure repairs and maintenance projects.

“Our Country Racing Program provides security and continuity to the country racing community up to 2023 by funding race meetings, prize money and racing infrastructure, repairs and maintenance,” Ms Grace said.

Projects range from more than $60,000 for Mareeba Turf Club for upgrades and a new mower to more than $80,000 to improve the jockeys’ room at Betoota in the state’s far south-west corner.

Other projects include in the latest round include:

A full list of grants is available at https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/crp

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