$697,000 Budget boost for Southeast Queensland racing
Thoroughbred racing in Southeast Queensland is set to receive a Budget boost, with 15 clubs sharing in $697,000 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 Southeast 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.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said:
“This vital infrastructure funding will make a massive difference to the racing industry in Bundaberg and the Wide Bay. It’s another sign of the Palaszczuk Government’s support for country and regional racing.”
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said: “What a great outcome for racing in Maryborough and the Wide Bay 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 Southeast Queensland are:
Beaudesert Race Club – $178,550 for Barriers, Jockey/steward facilities
Bundaberg Race Club – $40,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Stables
Burrandowan RC – $25,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
Eidsvold RC – $15,500 for Running rail
Esk Jockey Club – $5,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing
Gayndah Jockey Club – $60,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Running rail, Towers
Gympie Turf Club – $38,011 for Running rail
Kilcoy Race Club – $114,900 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Lightning protection, Water storage
Kumbia Race Club – $26,000 for Running rail, Towers
Lockyer Race Club – $48,642 for Barriers, Marquees/outdoor structures, Tie-up stalls
Monto Race Club – $106,666 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Tie-up stalls, Towers
Mt Perry Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
Nanango Race Club – $400 for Horse Welfare Equipment
South Burnett RC – $27,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Fencing, Running rail Towers, Place Getter Stalls
Sunshine Coast TC – $9,000 for Lightning protection
Albion Park Harness Racing Club and Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club – $26,000 for Lightning Protection
Marburg Harness Racing Club – $10,000 for Track Upgrade
Redcliffe Harness Racing Club – $60,000 for Semaphore boards, Track Upgrade
Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club – $235,000 for Broadcasting equipment, Lures, Starting boxes, Track equipment, Track Upgrade
Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club – $181,500 for Air-conditioning, Broadcasting equipment, Starting boxes, Track upgrade, Water storage
Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club – $110,000 for lighting
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.”