Grassroots country racing clubs like Dederang and Towong will get a fairer share of industry funding under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley said the clubs were among more than 20 in country communities to miss out under Labor’s plans for the industry.
Mr Tilley said unlike city-centric Labor, the Liberal Nationals will ensure all country clubs get their fair share of the $33 million fund, to be provided over two years.
“Thriving country racing clubs support local economies in Mt Beauty, Dederang and Corryong as well as across country Victoria,” Mr Tilley said.
“These are great race days that attract huge crowds from the towns and across the region – Dederang which has switched to a March race date next year has been held annually since 1865.
“They bring money into the town and importantly help fund local service groups, sporting clubs and charities.
“Our plan to give country racing clubs their fair share will help boost prizemoney at local races and attract more trainers and owners to races in Regional Victoria.”
Thoroughbred racing in Victoria boosts our state’s economy, contributing $3.2 billion and supporting more than 25,000 jobs.
A Liberal Nationals Government will also investigate a country innovation fund to better promote country racing, working with industry representatives to develop it.
Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull said when country racing is strong, Victoria’s racing industry is strong.
“City-centric Labor seems to believe the best gauge of the health of the industry is the size of metro prize pools, when in reality we need to make sure all clubs across the state thrive,” Mr Bull said.
“An elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest in country racing because we know country racing supports country jobs.”
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