The Palaszczuk Government has announced three race clubs across North Queensland will share in more than $250,000 in infrastructure funding as part of its Country Racing Program.
Funded under the four-year, $70.4 million Country Racing Support Package, non-TAB clubs can apply to Racing Queensland for projects relating to infrastructure repairs and maintenance.
“Coming at this time, when the global economy is taking blow after blow as a result of the pandemic, this funding is yet another avenue for Queensland to unite and recover,” he said.
“We’re expecting to announce a third round before the end of the year, which again means jobs and another decent shot in the arm of the economies of successful communities.”
The projects are:
- Bowen Turf Club: $76,000 – Track irrigation; tie-up stall upgrade; and public area awning and concrete;
- Burdekin Race Club: $6000 – Fencing outside running rail; and
- Towers Jockey Club: $175,000 – Irrigation upgrade.
Mr Hinchliffe said country racing was the heartbeat of many communities across Queensland.
“The majority of our non-TAB clubs have seen their meetings either cancelled or postponed during Covid-19, and as such, their capacity to fund much-needed infrastructure improvements has been further diluted.
“This package has delivered great results for Queensland’s racing industry and the latest round of CRP funding will be warmly welcomed.”