Facelift for Ararat club

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

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.

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