Source: Government of Queensland
Headline: $313,000 Budget boost for Central West Queensland racing
Thoroughbred racing in Central West Queensland is set to receive a Budget boost, with 13 clubs sharing in $313,000 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 in the Central West.”
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 in Central West Queensland are:
- Alpha Jockey Club – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
- Aramac Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
- Barcaldine Race Club – $20,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rails, Towers
- Barcoo ARC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
- Bedourie ARC – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
- Betoota Race Club – $2,900 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing
- Ilfracombe PRC – $45,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail
- Isisford Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
- Jundah Race Club – $3,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
- Longreach Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Track upgrade – racing
- Longreach Race Club 1 – $198,373 for Transportable barrier stalls to be shared acrosss 9 clubs (Longreach, Isisford, Ilfracombe, Barceldine, Aramac, Alpha, Muttaburra, Barcoo, Tambo)
- Muttaburra ATC – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
- Tambo & DRC – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
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.”
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