Burrumbeet Racecourse To Undergo An Upgrade

Burrumbeet Racecourse To Undergo An Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Big Boost For Burrumbeet Racecourse

Victor P Taffa

Burrumbeet racecourse is set to receive more than $173,000 in upgrades as part of a significant renovation project supported by the Andrews Government.

“Country racing clubs play a vital role in boosting local economies, supporting regional jobs and attracting visitors.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula visited Burrumbeet Park & Windermere Racing Club today to announce that the State Government will contribute almost $87,000 to the project through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

Project will deliver new 11-stall practice gates with an electronic starting system, full padding on the gate divisions and platforms, and overhead pull-up bars for the riders.

“This investment will make the Burrumbeet racecourse safer, and give women jockeys the facilities they deserve.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

New gates are expected to be in use by the end of this month and will make training safer for jockeys, horses and barrier attendants.

Women’s jockey rooms recently underwent an extension to bring its dimensions into line with the men’s jockey rooms. Air-conditioning has also been installed in areas, the stewards’ rooms and the public bar area.

“Female jockeys make a great contribution to our racing industry, and this support from the Victorian Government has allowed us to expand the size of their rooms.” Burrumbeet Park & Windermere Racing Club President Rodney McKinnon said.

Outdated manual window coverings on the main building have been replaced with electronic shutters, and the public amenities have been refreshed with new concrete render, doors, toilets, basins, and plumbing to help make way for a new septic system.

Racegoers will also be able to enjoy all the on-course action under new shade sails covering a 25 by 14 metre area that will help to block out the heat, particularly during the annual New Year’s Day race meeting in summer.

Burrumbeet Park & Windermere Racing Club is providing almost $48,000 towards the upgrades, and Racing Victoria is providing more than $39,000.

Since 2014, the Government has provided more than $102,000 to support racing and infrastructure projects at Burrumbeet, including contributing more than $19,000 towards the 2016 and 2017 Burrumbeet Cups.

Racing industry in the Central Highlands generates more than $96 Million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.