Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
Upgrading The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is upgrading the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club with 10 new air conditioning units to provide heating and cooling throughout the club.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula visited the club today to announce $82,000 towards the upgrades and the Ballarat Cup and heats, as part of a joint funding package worth almost $200,000.
“These important upgrades are about ensuring the future of the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club and attracting even more people to the club, as part of the 40th anniversary of greyhound racing at Morshead Park.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.
“State Government is investing in greyhound racing in Ballarat because it boosts the economy and provides hundreds of local jobs.”
Installation of 10 new air conditioning units will help attract even more hospitality and social events, and will be in place by the end of the year.
Ballarat Cup is the club’s feature race of the year and this year marks 40 years since greyhound racing started at Morshead Park.
“Ballarat Cup is a great community event which boosts tourism in the region and creates valuable local jobs.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.
To mark the occasion, a formal celebration for club members and industry participants will take place at the Ballarat Cup heats night on Saturday 1 December.
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its consistent support for the Ballarat Cup over the last 3 years, and for the important improvements to our venue.” Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club President Alf King said.
“40th anniversary of greyhound racing at Morsehead Park is a significant date for the club, and we look forward to welcoming racegoers to the track to join in the celebrations.”
Following Saturday 8 December will see a public celebration at the Ballarat Cup, featuring carnival rides and face painting for kids, and live music from Julianne Bremner. Media personality Simone Fisher will MC both race nights.
Greyhound Racing Victoria is contributing almost $91,000 to the upgrades and race nights, while the club is providing almost $27,000 to the race nights.
Since 2014, the Andrews Government has provided more than $258,000 to support 5 infrastructure projects and 9 greyhound racing events at Ballarat.
Racing industry in the Central Highlands generates more than $96 Million for the Victorian economy each year and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.