Coun­try race clubs to get big­ger fund­ing share

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

CINDY McLeish (MLA, Eil­don) has an­nounced Mans­field’s coun­try rac­ing club will get a “fairer” share of in­dus­try fund­ing un­der an elected Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

Ms McLeish said the Mans­field club was among more than 20 thor­ough­bred rac­ing clubs in coun­try com­mu­ni­ties to miss out un­der the state’s fund for Vic­to­ria’s rac­ing in­dus­try.

Ms McLeish said the Lib­er­als will en­sure all coun­try clubs get their fair share of the $33 mil­lion fund, to be pro­vided over two years.

“Thriv­ing coun­try rac­ing clubs sup­port lo­cal economies across coun­try Vic­to­ria,” Ms McLeish said.

“Our plan to give coun­try rac­ing clubs their fair share will help boost prize money at lo­cal races and at­tract more trainers and own­ers to races in Re­gional Vic­to­ria.”

She said thor­ough­bred rac­ing in Vic­to­ria boosts our state’s econ­omy, con­tribut­ing $3.2 bil­lion and sup­port­ing more than 25,000 jobs.

Shadow Min­is­ter for Rac­ing Tim Bull said when coun­try rac­ing is strong, Vic­to­ria’s rac­ing in­dus­try is strong.

“An elected Lib­eral Na­tion­als gov­ern­ment will in­vest in coun­try rac­ing be­cause we know coun­try rac­ing sup­ports coun­try jobs,” he said.

PHOTO: Ken Rains­bury

RACE ON: The Lib­er­als have promised Mans­field’s rac­ing club will get a greater share of fund­ing.

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