Facelift for Ararat club
Ararat racecourse will undergo a major facelift with more than $112,000 spent on infrastructure and safety upgrades.
The State Government will provide $56,000 towards refurbishing the ambulance track, betting ring, broadcast area and entrance.
The existing ambulance track will be regraded and topped with a new allweather compacted gravel surface, improving access and safety for racing participants.
The project will see uneven pavers in the betting ring replaced with a concrete floor to meet occupational health and safety standards.
The broadcast area will be relocated to the club administration building to help reduce congestion on race days by extending the building’s deck and verandah, adding retractable blinds and completing electrical works.
In addition, 200 tonnes of granite sand will be added to the racecourse entranceway to widen the existing road.
Ararat Turf Club manager Adam Atchison welcomed the government’s contribution.
“These upgrades are essential for ensuring that our facilities keep up with industry standards and provide the best and safest experiences for racing participants,” he said.
“There’s been racing here at Ararat for 160 years, and the support we have received from the Victorian government will help ensure it stays that way for many years to come.”
Ararat Turf Club is providing more than $42,000 towards the refurbishments, which are expected to be completed in mid-june.
Ararat Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is contributing $7000 to the project, Racing Victoria is providing $4280, Ararat Clay Target Club is contributing $1000 and volunteers will donate free labour worth $2000.
Since 2014, the State Government has provided more than $77,000 to support key racing infrastructure projects in Ararat, including new perimeter fencing, renovations to the race caller box, and audio and visual upgrades.
The racing industry in the Central Highlands generates more than $96-million annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.