$527,000 Budget boost for North West Queensland racing

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Source: Government of Queensland

Headline: $527,000 Budget boost for North West Queensland racing

Thoroughbred racing in North Queensland is set to receive a Budget boost, with 14 clubs sharing in $527,000 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 North West Queensland.”

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 North West Queensland are:

  • Boulia Race Club – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Towers
  • Camooweal Jockey Club – $75,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Jockey / steward facilities, Running rail, Towers
  • Cloncurry & DRC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Corfield ARC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Gregory Downs Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Hughenden Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Julia Creek Turf Club – $115,000 for Stables
  • Maxwelton Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • McKinlay Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Mt Isa Race Club – $133,417 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Barriers, Running rail
  • North Gregory Turf Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Richmond Turf Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Stamford Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, 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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