$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.Charters-Towers-Amateur-Race-Club

Racing Minister Grace Grace says the new funding would result in upgraded facilities and new infrastructure throughout the region.

“I am pleased to be able to approve this funding program which will begin to address infrastructure requirements immediately with phase one to be completed within 18 months”.

“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 says 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.

The clubs sharing in the funding in North Queensland are:

Thoroughbreds

  • Bowen Turf Club – $25,000 for Barriers
  • Burdekin Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Charters Towers ARC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Ewan ATC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Herbert River Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Mackay Turf Club – $164,200 for Lightning protection, Water storage
  • Moranbah Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Oakey Jockey Club – $35,000 for Running rail
  • Pentland Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Prairie Jockey Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Tower Hill PARC – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers
  • Towers Jockey Club – $36,404 for Barriers, Tie-up stalls
  • Townsville Turf Club – $21,000 for Barriers
  • Twin Hills Race Club – $15,400 for Horse Welfare Equipment, Running rail, Towers

Greyhounds

  • Townsville Greyhound Racing Club – $13,000 for Catching pens, Starting boxes

Racing Queensland CEO Dr Eliot Forbes says the Country and Regional Capital Works Program was for projects under $1 million with a separate process for those over that amount.