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Western Australia Minister for Racing and Gaming Terry Waldron

Infrastructure Boost For Regional Race Clubs

Victor P Taffa

  • Seven country race clubs to get outside track safety fencing
  • Ongoing rollout of inside running rail

Country race clubs will no longer face the threat of closure thanks to grants for new fencing announced today.

Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today announced funding of almost $350,000 to be shared among thoroughbred and harness racing venues across the State with a key focus on safety.

“This funding will see outside track safety fencing installed at Esperance, Kojonup, Meekatharra, Yalgoo, Marble Bar, Laverton and Gascoyne Junction.” Mr. Waldron said.

“Without this important safety initiative the future of many small country race tracks was in jeopardy.”

“This safety fencing program follows on from our earlier decision to undertake an $800,000 plastic running rail program for major tracks which will see inside running rails installed at smaller country tracks across the State.”

The Minister said this would also help the venues drive better fields and help underpin the renaissance of picnic race meetings across Western Australia.

The funding also includes amounts for building renovations and machinery purchases in Esperance, a safety warning light system at the Pinjarra Harness Club, water tank replacement at the Wanneroo Trotting Club and the purchase of new starting barrier systems for major thoroughbred and harness racing venues, allowing the deployment of existing starting barriers to country tracks.

The Wyndham, Leonora, Leinster, Laverton race clubs and Nor-West Jockey Club along with the Marble Bar, Gascoyne Junction and East Gascoyne (Landor) race clubs will all have inside running rails installed this year. 

Fact File

  • $350,000 for safety and infrastructure improvements at race tracks across the State
  • Will help attract larger fields to picnic race meets
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