Ararat Racecourse To Undergo An Upgrade

Ararat Racecourse To Undergo An Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Ararat Racecourse On Track For Upgrades

Victor P Taffa

Ararat racecourse will undergo a major facelift with more than $112,000 spent on infrastructure and safety upgrades supported by the Andrews Government.

“These upgrades will make the racecourse safer and will help to improve the welfare of jockeys, trainers and horses.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula travelled to the Ararat Turf Club today to announce the State Government will provide $56,000 towards refurbishing the ambulance track, betting ring, broadcast area and entrance.

Existing ambulance track will be regraded and topped with a new all-weather compacted gravel surface, improving access and safety for racing participants.

“Upgrades to the facilities at the Ararat racecourse will improve access in and around the venue, and provide a more welcoming environment for locals and visitors going to the track.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

Project will replace the uneven pavers in the betting ring with a concrete floor to meet occupational health and safety standards.

Broadcast area will be relocated to the club administration building to help reduce congestion on race days by extending the building’s deck and veranda, adding retractable blinds and completing electrical works.

“These upgrades are essential for ensuring that our facilities keep up with industry standards and provide the best and safest experiences for racing participants.” Ararat Turf Club Manager Adam Atchison said.

“There’s been racing here at Ararat for 160 years, and the support we have received from the Victorian Government will help ensure it stays that way for many years to come.”

In addition, 200 tonnes of granite sand will be added to the racecourse entranceway to widen the existing road.

Ararat Turf Club is providing more than $42,000 towards the refurbishments, which are expected to be completed in mid-June.

  • Ararat Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is contributing $7,000 to the project,
  • Racing Victoria is providing $4,280,
  • Ararat Clay Target Club is contributing $1,000,
  • Generous volunteers will donate $2,000 in free labour.

Since 2014, the Government has provided more than $77,000 to support key infrastructure projects at Ararat, including new perimeter fencing, renovations to the race caller box, and audio and visual upgrades.

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