Ex­tra race meet for Kumbia

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

PREMIER Camp­bell New­man and Rac­ing Min­is­ter Steve Dick­son has an­nounced the Kumbia Race Club in nearby South Bur­nett will re­ceive a sec­ond race meet­ing next year as part of the Sus­tain Coun­try Se­ries.

Mr New­man said the ad­di­tional meet­ing on June 1was part of his gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­ju­ve­nat­ing coun­try clubs, rac­ing and their com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing an ad­di­tional $4 mil­lion over four years to help re­build coun­try rac­ing across Queens­land,” Mr New­man said.

“Through our three coun­try rac­ing pro­grams, the Show­case Coun­try Se­ries, Cel­e­brate Coun­try Se­ries and Sus­tain Coun­try Se­ries, we’re pro­vid­ing a much needed boost to the in­dus­try, al­low­ing clubs to at­tract stronger race fields and en­tice more pa­trons to the track.

“Coun­try rac­ing is the heart and soul of the in­dus­try andwe are tak­ing the steps needed to pro­tect and rein­vig­o­rate these re­gional clubs.”

Mr Dick­son said the Sus­tain Coun­try Se­ries meet­ings were strate­gi­cally placed to sup­port coun­try com­mu­ni­ties, with a fo­cus on community cel­e­bra­tions, the lifeblood of small towns.

“I am de­ter­mined to build a sus­tain­able fu­ture for Queens­land coun­try rac­ing and these newre­gion­ally fo­cused meet­ing pro­grams form a big part of this com­mit­ment,” Mr Dick­son said.

The an­nounce­ment came as a suite of changes to rac­ing laws was in­tro­duced to Par­lia­ment.

“These amend­ments will re­store in­tegrity and ac­count­abil­ity in the in­dus­try,” he said.

“Rather than the top down struc­ture the pre­vi­ous La­bor gov­ern­ment had in place, the New­man Gov­ern­ment is ush­er­ing in a new era of in­clu­sive­ness for all in­dus­try mem­bers.”

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