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Queensland Minister for Racing Stirling Hinchliffe

Birdsville Races Raise $50,000 For Drought Appeal

Victor P Taffa

Birdsville Cup races have raised at least $50,000 to help struggling Queensland farmers, following the first ever national broadcast of the iconic racing carnival.

Racing Queensland is donating half its wagering revenue generated by the 2-day meeting to the Queensland Drought Appeal.

Birdsville Cup Carnival was held from 31 August-1 September 2018.

“Thousands of visitor’s flock to Birdsville each September to experience Australia’s most famous Outback race meeting.” Minister for Racing Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“This year, thousands more around the country were able to watch the races live and have a bet, and in doing so help Queensland’s struggling farmers.”

“It’s a terrific result for drought-affected communities throughout Queensland, with $50,000 raised through the Birdsville Cup.”

“I want to encourage Queenslanders to continue giving generously to the Drought Appeal to support those who are doing it tough.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“2018 Birdsville carnival was an outstanding success, uniting people from all walks of life, like only racing can do. Racing Queensland’s Thoroughbred General Manager, Simon Stout said.

“RQ is thrilled to be able to play its part in supporting Queensland farmers doing it tough.”

“While wagering numbers are still being finalised, thanks to the support of race-goers nationwide, RQ will be donating at least $50,000 to the Queensland Country Women’s Association.” Mr. Stout said.


Birdsville Facts:

  • 1,590 Km (990 mi) west of the Queensland State Capital Brisbane,
  • 720 Km (450 mi) south of the city of Mount Isa,
  • 1,573 Km (977 mi) from the South Australia State Capital Adelaide,
  • 191 Km (119 mi) from Bedourie in Queensland,
  • 518 Km (322 mi) from Marree in South Australia,
  • Birdsville is on the edge of the Simpson Desert,
  • Approximately 174 Km east of Poeppel Corner,
  • Birdsville is on the Queensland-South Australia State border,
  • Climate is very arid.



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