In­vest­ment in Wim­mera rac­ing

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Rac­ing Centre is set to ben­e­fit from a $160,000 in­fra­struc­ture up­grade to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for har­ness and thor­ough­bred rac­ing in the city.

Rac­ing Min­is­ter Martin Pakula vis­ited the centre, home to both Hor­sham and District Rac­ing Club and Hor­sham Har­ness Rac­ing Club, to an­nounce fund­ing for new start­ing gates and tele­vi­sions, along with the in­stal­la­tion of new head-on cam­eras.

Hor­sham and District Rac­ing Club has re­ceived a new 14-stall trans­portable start­ing gate, which will be shared be­tween the nine re­gional clubs that form Wim­mera Rac­ing Club.

The Hor­sham club will re­ceive a six-stall mo­bile prac­tice start­ing gate later this year, which will fea­ture full pad­ding on each gate and over­head pull-up bars for rid­ers.

Mr Pakula said four new tele­vi­sions were re­cently in­stalled in the race-callers box, which would im­prove the broad­cast for pa­trons at both thor­ough­bred and har­ness meet­ings.

“The in­fra­struc­ture up­grades will help to en­sure train­ing and race days at Hor­sham run smoothly and safely,” he said.

Hor­sham Har­ness Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Justin Lane said the up­grade also in­cluded new head-on cam­eras, to be in­stalled later this year, which would help har­ness rac­ing stew­ards when de­lib­er­at­ing on race protests and driver sus­pen­sions.

“The head-on cam­eras will give stew­ards ex­tra con­fi­dence when mak­ing dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions and en­hance in­tegrity,” he said.

The State Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $80,000 for the projects through the Victorian Rac­ing In­dus­try Fund.

Rac­ing Vic­to­ria has con­trib­uted $51,000 and Har­ness Rac­ing Vic­to­ria, $5000.

Hor­sham and District Rac­ing Club con­trib­uted $6600 for the new prac­tice gates and Wim­mera Rac­ing Club is pro­vid­ing $15,600 for the trans­portable start­ing gates.

Mem­ber for Western Vic­to­ria Jaala Pul­ford said since 2014, the State Gov­ern­ment had pro­vided al­most $400,000 to sup­port key in­fra­struc­ture projects and race-day at­trac­tions at Hor­sham Rac­ing Centre.

The rac­ing in­dus­try in the Wim­mera gen­er­ates more than $37-mil­lion an­nu­ally for Vic­to­ria’s econ­omy and helps sus­tain more than 360 full-time equiv­a­lent jobs in the re­gion.

“We’re proud to be sup­port­ing Hor­sham Rac­ing Centre be­cause it boosts the econ­omy and cre­ates lo­cal jobs,” Ms Pul­ford said.

ALL SMILES: Rac­ing Min­is­ter Martin Pakula, Hor­sham and District Rac­ing Club man­ager Lisa Inkster, club pres­i­dent Si­mon Ge­bert, Wim­mera Rac­ing Club chair­man Damian Drum, Hor­sham Har­ness Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Justin Lane and Wim­mera Rac­ing Club chief...

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