Western Australia Minister for Racing and Gaming Terry Waldron
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Regional Race Clubs Win With Royalties For Regions Funding
Victor P Taffa
Six Country Thoroughbred, Greyhound and Harness Racing Clubs have been awarded regional development grants for much-needed infrastructure improvements.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today announced details of the second round of grants under the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme.
Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron welcomed the funding for the clubs.
“This funding will see Six Regional Clubs share in more than $830,000, enabling much-needed upgrades to facilities and infrastructure.” Mr. Waldron said.
“Importantly, this clearly shows the value of racing to the regional development commissions and regional communities across the State.”
The Albany Racing Club secured a grant of $220,000 towards the replacement of the administration and changing room infrastructure and Mr. Waldron paid tribute to the work of the committee in their efforts to secure the funding.
“This is an important outcome that has come about by the tireless work of the organising committee and I am sure it will be a major benefit to patrons and jockeys.” Mr. Waldron said.
The Avon Valley Greyhound Racing Association will receive $176,750 to erect track floodlighting at the Northam track to enable twilight and night racing and develop a new product to service local and national markets.
Other funding includes:
- Geraldton Turf Club: $203,580 to fund an upgrade to facilities, including commercial kitchen, new toilets, landscaping and paving;
- Mt. Barker Turf Club: $100,000 to develop a sand training track and build stabling facilities and additional stalls;
- York Harness Racing Club: $65,000 to establish harness training facilities at the York- Beverley Turf Club;
- North West Jockey Club, Roebourne: $70,000 to upgrade facilities, including Boundary Fencing and Water and Power Infrastructure.
“This brings the number of clubs that have been assisted by the Royalties for Regions program in the first two rounds of the funding to nine and it highlights the value this important funding program is having not only to racing but across the community.” Mr. Waldron said.