Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Race clubs saddle up for funding

Upgrades worth $2.8 million will create more than 100 local jobs at Queensland’s smallest and most remote country race clubs, Racing Minister Grace Grace announced today.

Minister Grace said 37 country clubs from Mareeba in the Far North to Betoota in the south-west would share $2.8 million in infrastructure funding.

“Country racing plays a critical role in regional Queensland, contributing to economic and social wellbeing, as well as providing an important meeting hub for regional communities,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Country Racing Program provides critical infrastructure funding across the state to improve and enhance our non-TAB racing clubs and their communities.

“These are some of the state’s smallest and most remote clubs, and importantly, these projects will create work for local tradies and businesses.”

She said the government had committed a total of $105.6 million to country racing over six years, including funds for non-TAB clubs for infrastructure repairs and maintenance projects. 

“Our Country Racing Program provides security and continuity to the country racing community up to 2023 by funding race meetings, prize money and racing infrastructure, repairs and maintenance,” Ms Grace said.

Projects range from more than $60,000 for Mareeba Turf Club for upgrades and a new mower to  more than $80,000 to improve the jockeys’ room at Betoota in the state’s far south-west corner. 

Other projects include in the latest round include:

A full list of grants is available at https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/crp

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