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Acting Queensland Minister for Racing Tracy Davis

Mareeba Celebrates Country Racing

Victor P Taffa

Acting Racing Minister Tracy Davis is encouraging Far North Queenslanders to show their support for country racing in Mareeba this weekend.

Ms. Davis said the Mareeba Turf Club would hold their Celebrate Country Series race date on Saturday 2 March, as part of the Newman Government’s $4 Million commitment to help rebuild country racing across Queensland.

“The Newman Government is determined to build a sustainable future for Queensland country racing, and these new regionally focused meetings form a big part of this commitment.” Ms. Davis said.

“This boost for racing in Mareeba will bring racegoers in from all over the region, and have important flow-on effects for business in the local community, as well as helping our struggling racing industry.”

“Country racing is the lifeblood of the industry in Queensland, and this special event meeting calendar is vital to restoring confidence and excitement in the sport across the state.”

The Mareeba Turf Club is staging a six-race meeting with $42,500 in prize money including a $10,000 Celebration Open Handicap feature race.

“The Mareeba Turf Club, which traces its own bloodlines back 120 years, prides itself on being a ‘fair dinkum’ country racing fixture.” Ms. Davis said.

“It’s very much a day the whole family can enjoy with fashions in the field, a local live band from Walkamin and a children’s jumping castle.”

“Racegoers will be able to get away from the heat under iconic 100-year old fig trees in the gardens or book one of the very popular marquees.”

The Newman Government’s Celebrate Country Series, along with the Showcase Country Series and Sustain Country Series, are designed to restore country racing, which plays a vital part in both the Queensland economy and the social life in rural and regional areas.

Other Celebrate Country Series meetings will be held at:

  • Ingham on 23 March 2013
  • Alpha on 22 June 2013
  • Gladstone on 29 June 2013.

“So get along and check out a fantastic day of racing this Saturday at Mareeba, as part of the Newman Government’s reinvigoration of racing in regional and rural Queensland.” Ms. Davis said.

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