Source: Government of Queensland
Headline: $657,000 Budget boost for Capricornia racing
Thoroughbred racing in the Capricornia region is set to receive a Budget boost, with 10 clubs sharing in $657,000 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 Capricornia.”
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.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said:
“This vital infrastructure funding will make a massive difference to the racing industry in Capricornia. It’s another sign of the Palaszczuk Government’s support for country and regional racing.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said:
“This is great news for our local racing industry and I know that the clubs will use these funds well to improve their infrastructure.”
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said:
“What a great outcome for racing in Central Queensland and for our local race clubs, who will get a real shot in the arm from the State Budget.”
The clubs sharing in the funding in Capricornia are:
- Bluff-Blackwater ARC – $40,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Towers
- Calliope Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
- Clermont Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
- Dingo Race Club – $31,900 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Running rail, Towers
- Emerald Jockey Club – $77,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Lighting, Running rail, Tie-up stalls, Towers
- Gladstone Turf Club – $55,500 for Barriers, Stables, Towers
- Middlemount Race Club – $5000 for Water systems
- Rockhampton Jockey Club – $368,000 for Lightning protection, Catering equipment, Club amenities, Grandstand, Miscellaneous repairs/replacements, Stables, Water storage
- Thangool Race Club – $68,136 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
- Yeppoon Turf Club – $10,162 for Barriers
- Rockhampton Greyhound Club – $415,000 for Kennels, Running rail, Starting boxes, Towers, Track equipment, Track upgrade – racing, Wash bay
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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