Ballarat Harness Racing Track To Be Upgraded

Ballarat Harness Racing Track To Be Upgraded

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Major Boost For The Ballarat Harness Racing Track

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is upgrading the Ballarat & District Trotting Club as part of a major boost for harness racing in the region.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula visited the club today to announce more than $59,000 for raceday stall upgrades, more than $38,000 to improve the club’s function room, and $25,000 for the Inter Dominion Heat on Tuesday 4 December. This is part of a $290,000 joint funding package.

“State Government is upgrading the Ballarat & District Trotting Club to improve facilities for harness racing in the region and to allow the club to attract more events.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“Ballarat is one of Victoria’s key harness racing venues and the Inter Dominion series will provide a big boost for the industry.”

Race day stalls are being upgraded to replace asphalt and improve accessibility for people with mobility issues. Upgrades will also include new carpet in the club function and committee rooms.

“These important upgrades will benefit the whole community and allow the Ballarat & District Trotting Club to attract even more people to the club in the future.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

Inter Dominion is the biggest harness racing series in Australasia and returns to Victoria for the first time in a decade. The Ballarat race night is the second heat in the series, which starts at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on 1 December.

Third heat is at Cranbourne on 8 December, before the series returns to Tabcorp Park for the finals on 15 December.

Ballarat & District Trotting Club is contributing more than $151,000 to the upgrades and the race night, while Harness Racing Victoria is providing $15,000 for the race day stalls upgrade.

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its contribution to these significant upgrades for the venue.” Ballarat & District Trotting Club Chief Executive Officer Paul Rouse said.

Since 2014, the Andrews Government has contributed more than $253,000 to support 6 harness racing events and 7 infrastructure projects for the club.

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