Coun­try rac­ing

The Western Star - - NEWS | OPINION -

RAC­ING plays a vi­tal so­cial and eco­nomic role in coun­try com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing thou­sands of jobs and pro­vid­ing im­por­tant in­come for lo­cal busi­nesses through the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of many volunteers.

Queens­land coun­try rac­ing will ben­e­fit from a $70 mil­lion cash in­jec­tion over four years under a re-elected Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

This un­prece­dented fund­ing pack­age will sup­port Queens­land’s coun­try rac­ing in­dus­try, en­abling us to fund it as an on­go­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice obli­ga­tion.

The $70 mil­lion ear­marked for coun­try rac­ing will go to­wards fund­ing prize­money, race day op­er­a­tions and new and im­proved in­fra­struc­ture.

It means in­creased cer­tainty for more than 100 non-TAB rac­ing clubs and the in­dus­try’s 16,700 par­tic­i­pants in re­gional Queens­land.

We’ve lis­tened to what coun­try rac­ing stake­hold­ers have told us, and we’ve de­liv­ered a pack­age that will de­liver the cer­tainty the in­dus­try has been cry­ing out for. — Rac­ing Min­is­ter Grace Grace

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