Andrews Govt Gets Behind Wodonga Gold Cup

Andrews Govt Gets Behind Wodonga Gold Cup

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Going For Gold At Wodonga Cup

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Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced a funding package of more than $37,000 for the Wodonga Gold Cup.

“The Andrews Government is proud to support Wodonga’s festival of racing which attracts tourists to the region and supports the local economy.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

More than $17,000 for today’s event has been provided by the Andrews Government, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.

“The Wodonga Cup is a wonderful event which brings our community together and supports hundreds of local jobs.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.

Wodonga & District Turf Club is also contributing more than $17,000 and Country Racing Victoria is providing $2,500.

‘All Things Wodonga’ themed event will include

  • Craft activities,
  • Face painting,
  • Free children’s activities,
  • Jumping castle,
  • Loopy the Clown,
  • Pony rides.

For the third year running, a local public holiday has been declared for the Cup, and the club is expecting bumper crowds to head to the track.

Free shuttle buses will operate between the town centres of Albury and Wodonga to ensure racegoers can get safely to and from the track.

State Government is also providing $5,200 in infrastructure funding to upgrade the owners’ rooms at the racecourse. Wodonga & District Turf Club and Racing Victoria are also contributing $2,600 each, for a total funding package of more than $10,000.

“The club is grateful for the ongoing support from the government for country racing’s fastest growing cup day.” Wodonga & District Turf Club CEO Tom O’Connor said.

“We have something for everyone. Patrons can simply roll out a rug and enjoy a picnic lunch or indulge in a marquee package to suit their needs.”

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

 

 

 

Upgrade will include

  • Chairs and coffee tables,
  • Coffee machine,
  • Large television,
  • New stainless steel bar table,
  • New stools.

Racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 Million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 380 full-time equivalent jobs locally.