$395,000 Budget boost for North Queensland racing
Thoroughbred racing in North Queensland is set to receive a Budget boost, with 13 clubs sharing in $395,000 worth of infrastructure grants.
“Our clubs in country and regional areas are a key part of their local economies while also providing a strong social connection. They need to be supported and I know these projects will make a difference to racing in North Queensland.”
Ms Grace said each submission was assessed for its ability to improve racing operations, enhance industry returns and deliver better workplace health and safety and animal welfare outcomes.
Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said:
“It’s great we are funding this infrastructure which will make a massive difference to the racing industry in North Queensland and keep these social hubs alive. It’s another sign of the Palaszczuk Government’s support for country and regional racing.”
Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said:
“This is great news for our local racing industry and I know that the clubs will use these funds well to improve their infrastructure.”
Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said:
“What a great outcome for racing in North Queensland and for our local race clubs, who will get a real shot in the arm from the State Budget.”
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said:
“Mackay’s racing industry will benefit greatly from these funds, which will mean important new facilities for trainers, jockeys and raceogers.”
Member for Mirani Jim Pearce said:
“It’s great to be a member of a government that delivers for country and regional racing, especially here in Mirani.”
The clubs sharing in the funding in North Queensland are:
Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said the Country and Regional Capital Works Program was for projects under $1 million with a separate process for those over that amount.
“The process was detailed and collaborative to ensure fairness and a level playing field for all involved,” Dr Forbes said
“Racing facilities were visited across the state with interviews conducted and venue assessment reports produced.
“We also consulted with industry stakeholders regarding club and industry infrastructure requirements as well as conducting analysis of previous club infrastructure investment to identify trends.”