Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
Upgrades For Warragul Greyhound Racing
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is improving integrity and animal welfare at the Warragul and District Greyhound Racing Club with the installation of a new digital PA system and catching pen CCTV.
“We’re investing in racing at Warragul because the industry helps to create hundreds of local jobs and contributes to the local economy.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.
“Community race days provide a great opportunity to bring the community together, and these infrastructure upgrades are important additions to the track.”
State Government partnered with Greyhound Racing Victoria and the club as part of a $105,000 joint funding package to deliver the infrastructure upgrades, as well as 3 community-themed race meetings.
“We’re improving the Warragul and District Greyhound Racing Club and making sure that even more people can visit the region and enjoy a great day out at the races.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.
Funding Contributions Towards The Infrastructure Upgrades:
- $50,000 from the Andrews Government,
- $37,000 from the Greyhound Racing Victoria,
- $18,000 from the Warragul & District Greyhound Racing club.
Series begins with the women’s focused race meeting Ladies on Track on Saturday 23 June, followed by the St. Leger race day on Sunday 12 August, and the Love Our Seniors race meeting on Thursday 18 October.
Ladies on Track race meeting will include live music from Clint Wilson and DJ Trevor Jones, and women heading to the track will be treated to a range of competitions and prizes.
Warragul & District Greyhound Racing Club will recognise the contributions of its members and supporters at the St. Leger race meeting, with patrons receiving a complimentary gift bag.
Love Our Seniors race meeting will take place during the Victorian Seniors Festival from 7-14 October, and racegoers will be entertained with live music from the Rusty Rockers.
Since 2014, the Andrews Government has provided more than $140,000 to support 2 infrastructure projects and 7 race day events at Warragul.
“These infrastructure investments from the Victorian Government and Greyhound Racing Victoria will strengthen the race day experience and animal welfare at Warragul.” Warragul & District Greyhound Racing Club Manager Adrian Scott said.
Racing industry in the Gippsland region generates more than $59 Million for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 590 full-time local jobs.