$1.17 million Budget boost for Darling Downs racing

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Source: Government of Queensland

Headline: $1.17 million Budget boost for Darling Downs racing

Thoroughbred racing on the Darling Downs is set to receive a Budget boost, with 29 clubs sharing in $1.17 million worth of infrastructure grants.

Racing Minister Grace Grace said the new funding would result in upgraded facilities and new infrastructure throughout the region.

“I am pleased to be able to approve this funding program which will begin to address infrastructure requirements immediately with phase one to be completed within 18 months,” Ms Grace said.

“Our clubs in country and regional areas are a key part of their local economies while also providing a strong social connection. They need to be supported and I know these projects will make a difference to racing on the Darling Downs.”

Ms Grace said each submission was assessed for its ability to improve racing operations, enhance industry returns and deliver better workplace health and safety and animal welfare outcomes.

The clubs sharing in the funding on the Darling Downs are:

  • Augethella RC – $35,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Running rail, Towers
  • Central Warego RC – $35,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Cunnamulla & DDRC – $65,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Injune Race Club – $25,400 for Running rail, Towers
  • Maranoa DRC – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
  • Morven RC – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
  • Noorama PRC – $30,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Quilpie DRC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
  • Roma Turf Club – $20,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Tie-up stalls, Towers
  • St George Race Club – $91,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Barriers, Tie-up stalls, Towers
  • Surat Diggers Club – $130,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Jockey/steward facilities, Running rail, Towers
  • Surat Diggers Club 2 – $171,798 for Transportable barrier stalls to be shared across 6 clubs (Surat, St George, Cunnamulla, Injune, Noorama, Augathella)
  • Bell Race Club – $38,826 for Tie-up stalls
  • Chinchilla Race Club – $12,000 for Track upgrade – racing
  • Clifton Jockey Club – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
  • Dalby & NDJC – $84,000 for Lightning protection, Running rail, Towers
  • Dawson Jockey Club – $68,795 for Jockey/steward facilities
  • Flinton Race Club – $30,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Goondiwindi Race Club – $60,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Jandowae Race Club – $36,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Barriers, Fencing, Towers
  • Miles & DAPRC – $25,000 for Running rail, Towers
  • Stanthorpe Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
  • Talwood Jockey Club – $25,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Tara Race Club – $50,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Tie-up stalls, Towers
  • Texas Jockey Club – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
  • Toowoomba Turf Club – $6,000 for Lightning protection
  • Wandoan PRC – $20,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Towers
  • Warra Race Club – $30,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running Rail, Towers
  • Warwick Turf Club – $36,000 for Lightning protection, Tie-up stalls, Towers

Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said the Country and Regional Capital Works Program was for projects under $1 million with a separate process for those over that amount.

“The process was detailed and collaborative to ensure fairness and a level playing field for all involved,” Dr Forbes said

“Racing facilities were visited across the state with interviews conducted and venue assessment reports produced.

“We also consulted with industry stakeholders regarding club and industry infrastructure requirements as well as conducting analysis of previous club infrastructure investment to identify trends.”

 Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548

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