Country racing supports Far North Queensland

18 June 2020

Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

The Palaszczuk Government has announced five projects across three race clubs in Far North Queensland will share in almost $90,000 in infrastructure funding as part of its Country Racing Program.

Funded under the four-year, $70.4 million Country Racing Support Package, non-TAB clubs can apply to Racing Queensland for projects relating to infrastructure repairs and maintenance.

“Five projects have been approved under this second round of funding, which means jobs and a boost to the economies in these communities,” he said.

“Coming at this time, when the global economy is taking blow after blow as a result of the pandemic, this funding is yet another avenue for Queensland to unite and recover.

“We’re expecting to announce a third round before the end of the year, which again means jobs and another decent shot in the arm of the economies of successful communities.”

The five projects are: 

  • Atherton Turf Club: $35,000 - Track irrigation; and course mower;
  • Einasleigh Race Club: $8000 - Fencing and signage for float parking and traffic management control;
  • Innisfail Turf Club: $20,000 - Convert night boxes to tie-up stalls; and
  • Laura Amateur Turf Club: $25,000 - Shipping containers for use in future jockeys' room upgrade.

 Mr Hinchliffe said country racing was often the heartbeat of smaller communities across Queensland.

“The majority of our non-TAB clubs have seen their meetings either cancelled or postponed during COVID-19, and as such, their capacity to fund much-needed infrastructure improvements has been further diluted.

“This package has delivered great results for Queensland’s racing industry and the latest round of CRP funding will be warmly welcomed.”

Further information on the second round of CRP funding can be found at www.racingqueensland.com.au/crp.

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