Half Of Wagering Proceeds From Birdsville Cup Carnival For Drought Appeal

Half Of Wagering Proceeds From Birdsville Cup Carnival For Drought Appeal

Queensland Minister for Racing Stirling Hinchliffe

First Nationwide Telecast Of Birdsville Races To Raise Funds For Drought Appeal

Victor P Taffa

Queensland’s iconic Birdsville Cup carnival (August 31-September 1) will be telecast Australia-wide for the first time ever this year, with half of the wagering proceeds generated going to the Drought Appeal.

Minister for Racing Stirling Hinchliffe said 136 years on from the first Birdsville race meeting, telecasting and betting technology will transform the Outback event.

“Racing Queensland has finalised a deal for Sky Racing to telecast the entire race cards from Birdsville’s world famous two-day meeting.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Racing Queensland will donate half of its net wagering revenue from Birdsville to the Drought Appeal, delivering much-needed funds for struggling Queensland farmers.”

“This could raise thousands and thousands of dollars for the Drought Appeal.”

“Birdsville is a magical part of our vast state and is no stranger to the extremes of nature.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Just two years ago, the Birdsville Cup had to be postponed due to major flooding and now the town, along with large parts of Queensland, are gripped in a crippling drought.”

“As one of the world’s most colourful race meetings, the Birdsville Cup offers another great platform to raise awareness about the plight drought-affected Queensland are facing.”

“Racing telecast is also another a great chance to showcase this unique part of Queensland and one our most iconic Outback events.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Each year the Birdsville Cup delivers a vital economic boost to the town, and other centres along the way. That’s more important than ever now.” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Queensland farming and outback families need all the help we can get them.”

“Punters right round Australia can give them a big hand up when they bet on the iconic Birdsville Cup and all the other races across the two-day meeting in August-September.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for all racing fans to enjoy a bet and at the same time back in our struggling farmers.” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Each year up to 7,000 local, interstate and international visitors cram into Birdsville for the tiny town’s race meeting and to have a true Outback Queensland experience.

Minister Hinchliffe said the broadcast deal had been made possible by the Palaszczuk Government’s 4-year $70 Million Country Racing Support Package.

“You won’t find a greater supporter of Country Racing and Country Queensland than the Palaszczuk Government.” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“Our Country Racing Package supports more than 100 race clubs throughout the State, in recognition of the vitally important role they play in so many communities.”

“This partnership between the Palaszczuk Government, Racing Queensland and Sky Racing is great news for the Outback, country racing and drought relief.”

“Birdsville carnival is a shining example of the racing industry’s ability to unite people and communities through unique events.” Racing Queensland Chairman Steve Wilson AM said.

“When the going gets tough, as it is now for our Queensland farmers, you can rely on the racing industry to rally to the cause and we congratulate the club, Sky Racing and the government for their support.”

Birdsville Facts: 

  • 1,590 Km (990 mi) west of the Queensland State Capital Brisbane,
  • 720 Km (450 mi) south of the city of Mount Isa,
  • 1,573 Km (977 mi) from the South Australia State Capital Adelaide,
  • 191 Km (119 mi) from Bedourie in Queensland,
  • 518 Km (322 mi) from Marree in South Australia,
  • Birdsville is on the edge of the Simpson Desert,
  • Approximately 174 Km east of Poeppel Corner,
  • Birdsville is on the Queensland-South Australia State border,
  • Climate is very arid.