Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
Super Screen To Showcase Warrnambool Races
Victor P Taffa
Patrons attending races in the state’s south west will never miss a minute of the action again thanks to the installation of a $234,000 super screen at Warrnambool Racecourse.
“Racing in Warrnambool goes back almost 170 years and the addition of a super screen at the racecourse will add another exciting chapter to that rich history.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.
“This super screen will help the club to provide the best experience for local patrons, participants and visitors.”
Andrews Government is providing $117,000 towards the new super screen through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. Warrnambool Racing Club is matching the contribution dollar for dollar.
“The super screen will be a major attraction for race meetings at Warrnambool and will showcase the best of country racing.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.
Super Screen, which will be installed in time for the club’s 2017 May Racing Carnival, will be more than 6 metres high and 11 metres wide. The screen will be used to broadcast races, wagering information, social media feeds, sponsorship information and on-course activities.
Previously, the club has hired a big screen for its five feature race meetings, including the Port Fairy Community Raceday, at an annual cost of $21,000.
Warrnambool Racing Club hosts 19 race meetings annually and has the largest membership base in country Victoria.
“We are grateful for the Victorian Government’s ongoing support, which helps us to maintain our reputation as the country racing mecca of Victoria.” Warrnambool Racing Club CEO Peter Downs said.
Port Fairy Cup was re-established in 2011 after a 35-year hiatus and its popularity continues to grow.
Many organisations, businesses, families and social groups host their end-of-year celebrations at the event, taking advantage of the free shuttle bus service to and from Port Fairy.
Racing Industry in the Western District generates more than $100 Million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 980 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.