Extra race meet for Kumbia
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.”