Andrews Govt To Invest In 4 Country Racecourses

Andrews Govt To Invest In 4 Country Racecourses

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Major Investments For Country Racing

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is investing in country racing through a major marketing campaign and the rollout of state of the art racing technology to improve safety for jockeys and horses.

State Government is providing $900,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund to help promote 221 regional race meetings, as well as more than $53,000 for GoingSticks at 4 regional racetracks. These racecourses include:

  • Geelong,
  • Sale,
  • Seymour,
  • Warrnambool.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today visited Geelong to announce that the marketing package includes 5 themed racing campaigns to showcase regional race meetings between 22 September 2018 and 28 April 2019.

“This is about showcasing the very best of racing across Victoria and celebrating the importance of country racing communities across the state.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“We’re rolling out new technology across Victoria to ensure that thoroughbred racing continues to keep pace with international standards and to improve safety for jockeys and trainers.”

Feature races will showcase Victoria’s 64 country racetracks, including 13 picnic racing venues. Each event will include a range of attractions including subsidised entry, family picnic packages and free children’s activities.

GoingSticks will be rolled out across Geelong, Sale, Seymour and Warrnambool racecourses. Combined with a track mapping system, the new technology replaces the penetrometer system and provides a more accurate and detailed breakdown of track surface conditions across the entire length of any track.

Country Racing Victoria is providing more than $1.7 Million towards the racing campaigns and Racing Victoria is contributing more than $53,000 towards the rollout of GoingSticks.

“We’re delighted with the government’s announcement, which will help us promote racing to regional Victoria and get even more people involved in the racing industry.” Country Racing Chief Executive Officer Scott Whiteman said.

“This partnership with the government will also help us roll out more modern technology across metropolitan and country racing venues.”

More than $32,000 in funding will go towards the Geelong Racing Club, including support for the 2018 Father’s Day Races on Sunday 2 September 2018 and repairs to the jockeys’ rooms.

Since December 2014, the government has provided more than $56.1 Million to Racing Victoria and its clubs for 371 projects to improve racing, training and public facilities, increase integrity and support racing events.

Victorian thoroughbred racing industry generates almost $2.1 Billion annually for the state’s economy and helps sustain more than 19,600 full-time equivalent jobs, mainly in regional Victoria.