Fund­ing keeps rac­ing on track

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

RAC­ING: Stan­thorpe’s Jockey Club will share part in $750,000 in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing as part of the State Gov­ern­ment Coun­try Rac­ing Pro­gram.

Thir­teen race clubs across the Dar­ling Downs, Mara­noa and south­west re­gions will use fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture re­pairs and main­te­nance.

Stan­thorpe Jockey Club pres­i­dent Neil Brunck­horst said the an­nounce­ment is wel­come news for the club.

“It is def­i­nitely good news,” Brunck­horst said.

“This will help us provide a safe en­vi­ron­ment on the track and for pa­trons who visit the track too.”

The $47,000 will go towards a photo fin­ish tower up­grade, drainage work to the track and re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing 500m of out­side run­ning rail.

Brunck­horst said with the promis­ing signs of crowds re­turn­ing to sport­ing events, he hopes the up­grades will be well un­der­way by the time Stan­thorpe’s race day comes around in Oc­to­ber.

“It is still four months un­til we race – I would be very wor­ried if we are still in lock­down by then. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the money and will do our best to have all the work done by race day.”

Min­is­ter for Rac­ing Stir­ling Hinch­liffe said the an­nounce­ment will serve as a boost to the economies for the re­ceiv­ing re­gions.

“Com­ing at this time when the global econ­omy is tak­ing blow after blow as a re­sult of the pan­demic this fund­ing is yet an­other av­enue for Queens­land to unite and re­cover,” Hinch­liffe said.

“We’re ex­pect­ing to an­nounce a third round be­fore the end of the year which again means jobs and an­other de­cent shot in the arm of the economies of suc­cess­ful com­mu­ni­ties.

“This pack­age has de­liv­ered great re­sults for Queens­land’s rac­ing in­dus­try and the lat­est round of CRP fund­ing will be warmly wel­comed.”

Roma Turf Club, Texas Jockey Club, Chin­chilla Race Club and Cen­tral War­rego Race Club are also set to re­ceive fund­ing.

Pic­ture: Matthew Purcell

GOOD NEWS: Stan­thorpe Jockey Club pres­i­dent Neil Brunck­horst.

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