Wangaratta Racecourse Upgrade Funding Passes The Winning Post

Wangaratta Racecourse Upgrade Funding Passes The Winning Post

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Major Upgrades Unveiled At Wangaratta Turf Club

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government today unveiled the new racecourse entrance and one of two 18-box stable blocks recently completed as part of a major upgrade at the Wangaratta Turf Club.

“We’re proud to be supporting the Wangaratta Turf Club because it helps to create local jobs, attracts tourists to the region and provides economic benefits to the community.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today attended the Wangaratta Cup Day, 4 March, to inspect the progress of the Wangaratta Master Plan Stage 2 Development project.

 

“These new facilities at Wangaratta will improve the race day experience for patrons and cement Wangaratta’s place as one of the state’s premier country racecourses and training facilities.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.

State 2 Funding Includes:

  • $1.9 Million from the State Government,
  • $1.5 Million from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund,
  • $400,000 from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

Upgrades, which were used for the first time today, include the new $1 Million racecourse entrance which will improve the experience for racegoers, and the new 18-box stable blocks which will benefit both trainers and horses.

“Club would like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous support for this raft of important projects. The Ovens-Murray region will benefit from this massive redevelopment of Wangaratta Racecourse for decades.” Wangaratta Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Paul Hoysted said.

In addition to the upgrades, the Wangaratta Turf Club is one of 21 country racing clubs which will benefit from a $630,000 project for new turf restoration equipment.

“Racing Victoria welcomes this important funding announcement made by the Andrews Government today that will deliver essential infrastructure and maintenance support for Victoria’s country race tracks.” RV Executive General Manager Infrastructure and Club Support Jamie McGuinness said.

State Government and Racing Victoria, in association with Country Racing Victoria, will both provide $315,000 each for the purchase of specialist machinery to ensure the turf at country racing tracks is kept in top condition, improving safety for jockeys, staff and horses.

Verti drains to aerate and soften the subsoil and a vacuum-scarifier to breakdown any debris will be key pieces in the equipment package, which also includes tractors, a seeder, and a prime mover truck.

Since 2014, the Andrews Government has contributed almost $3 Million for 9 infrastructure projects and 9 thoroughbred racing events at Wangaratta Racecourse.

Racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 Million for the economy every year, and helps sustain more than 380 full-time equivalent jobs locally.