Rac­ing club funds matched

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La­bor’s can­di­date for Euroa, Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton and State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes have an­nounced a re-elected La­bor state gov­ern­ment would match fund­ing up to $150 000 to re­de­velop Be­nalla Rac­ing Club.

The plan is for the fund­ing to be used to to build a new ameni­ties block and in­stall a com­mer­cial kitchen in the mem­ber’s lounge.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the Be­nalla Gold Cup on Fri­day.

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said the fund­ing an­nounce­ment was the re­sult of La­bor li­ais­ing with mem­bers of the rac­ing club as well as lo­cal peo­ple.

‘‘La­bor has lis­tened to the club and lo­cals who at­tend the races and other events at the race club,’’ Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said.

‘‘I’m proud to be able to pro­vide a com­mit­ment to re­place the very dated ameni­ties block and pro­vide a com­mer­cial kitchen, so the club can grow and ac­com­mo­date events and func­tions for the town of Be­nalla.’’

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said sup­port­ing the Be­nalla Rac­ing Club was im­por­tant to a small town like Be­nalla.

‘‘The Be­nalla Gold Cup is a great chance for race­go­ers and their fam­i­lies to en­joy a day of qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment and fan­tas­tic rac­ing on the AFL Grand Fi­nal Eve pub­lic hol­i­day,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘We’re in­vest­ing in coun­try rac­ing events like the Be­nalla Gold Cup, be­cause we know how im­por­tant they are for our com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Be­nalla Rac­ing Club gen­eral man­ager Cameron Symes thanked the state gov­ern­ment for the com­mit­ment.

‘‘We’re so ap­pre­cia­tive of the gov­ern­ment’s sup­port for this key date on our rac­ing cal­en­dar,’’ Mr Symes said.

‘‘We wel­come vis­i­tors and lo­cals from around the re­gion to come along and en­joy this fan­tas­tic day of rac­ing and en­ter­tain­ment on the grand fi­nal long week­end.’’

The Be­nalla Gold Cup forms part of Coun­try Rac­ing Vic­to­ria’s 2018 Spring Cam­paign com­pris­ing 52 fea­ture race meet­ings and 27 coun­try cups across re­gional Vic­to­ria be­tween Septem­ber 22 and Novem­ber 25.

How­ever, this up­grade will sup­port many events be­sides the Gold Cup.

Since 2014, the state gov­ern­ment has pro­vided more than $492 000 to sup­port seven rac­ing events and nine in­fra­struc­ture projects at Be­nalla.

The rac­ing in­dus­try in the Goul­burn re­gion gen­er­ates more than $227 mil­lion for the Vic­to­rian econ­omy every year and helps sus­tain more than 2240 full-time equiv­a­lent jobs lo­cally.

Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton

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