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Country Racing Program - Infrastructure Funding

Country Racing Program - Infrastructure Funding

 

In 2017 the Queensland Government announced a $70.4 million Country Racing Program (CRP) to support non-TAB Thoroughbred racing clubs throughout regional Queensland. The CRP includes an allocation for the provision of infrastructure projects of $10.4 million, to be expended by 2021.

Round 1:

Applications for projects to be funded under the CRP (Round 1) closed on 15 February 2019.

Clubs were asked to nominate projects via an online application process and RQ added extra projects for consideration. All projects were then weighted and assessed under the CRP assessment framework. The criteria for this framework being:

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT

The alignment of project delivery outcomes to both the Club and RQ strategic objectives.

OPERATIONAL BENEFITS

Benefits and influence the project will provide in relation to improved participation, community engagement, business process efficiencies and/or racing product performance.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Promotion of compliance and improved operations associated with animal welfare, workplace health & safety and racing continuity.

COMMERCIAL RETURNS

The potential benefits and commercial returns the project will deliver toward improving the club’s sustainability.

 

In total 252 projects, with a combined estimated cost of $11.3 million, were assessed against the CRP Assessment Criteria. RQ has identified 86 priority projects across 54 Queensland clubs to be conducted in the first round. 

The successful projects for Round 1 are as follows:

 Region

 Club

 Project Description

Capricornia

Emerald Jockey Club

Fencing to public area/rail and mounting yard

Gladstone Turf Club

Replace the 400m tower and main Judges’/camera tower

Gladstone Turf Club

Replace inside running rail

Gladstone Turf Club

Track repairs

Springsure Jockey Club

Air condition Jockeys’ rooms 

Springsure Jockey Club

Refurbish tie up stalls

Yeppoon Turf Club

Upgrades to existing running rail

Yeppoon Turf Club

Upgrades to existing irrigation system

Central West

Alpha Jockey Club

Sand top dress to racing surface

Aramac Racing Club

Fencing to float park area

Aramac Racing Club

Upgrade of existing electrical wiring and installation of new power box and sub boards main

Barcaldine Racing Club

Barrier storage shed

Barcoo Amateur Race Club

New running rail

Barcoo Amateur Race Club

New perimeter fencing

Bedourie Amateur Race Club

Refurbishment of tie up stalls

Bedourie Amateur Race Club

Upgrade Jockeys’/Stewards’ rooms

Betoota Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club

Vet and swabbing area upgrade

Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club

Earthworks, fencing, and loading ramps to stable precinct

Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club

Refurbish tower stairs

Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club

Refurbish Stewards’ room

Ilfracombe Picnic Race Club

Camera tower upgrade

Isisford Race Club

Track upgrade (400m top dress)

Isisford Race Club

Misting sprays for tie up stalls

Isisford Race Club

Refurbish running rail (paint)

Isisford Race Club

Tower repairs (Photo Finish and Caller Towers)

Longreach Jockey Club

Replace combined Judges’/camera/race caller tower

Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club

Fencing to float car park area

Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club

Upgrade swab stalls

Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club

Upgrade Stewards’/camera tower

Muttaburra Amateur Turf Club

Upgrade Judges’ tower

Downs

Cunnamulla & District Diggers Race Club

Female Jockeys’ room upgrade

Injune Race Club

New tie up stalls

Noorama Picnic Race Club

Fencing to public area

Quilpie Diggers Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Roma Turf Club

Upgrade of inner and outer running rails

St George Jockey Club

Fencing of wash bay/stalls area and mounting yard

Eastern Downs

Bell Race Club

Padding to starting barrier/place getter stand

Bell Race Club

Refurbishment of 3 towers

Chinchilla Race Club

Erection of 2 sheds donated by Brisbane Racing Club

Chinchilla Race Club

New inside running rail and transfer of existing rail to outside

Chinchilla Race Club

Fencing for mounting yard/enclosure

Dawson Jockey Club

New tie up stalls

Dawson Jockey Club

Fence patron area

Flinton Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Goondiwindi Race Club

New running rail on chutes

Goondiwindi Race Club

Upgrade tie up stalls

Talwood Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Tara Race Club

Upgrade to Jockeys’/Stewards' room.

Texas Jockey Club

Barrier refurbishment

Warra Race Club

Fencing and cement works to wash bay area

Far North

Innisfail Turf Club

Correct reverse camber on track

Laura Amateur Turf Club

Barrier refurbishment

Mareeba Turf Club

Barrier refurbishment

Leichardt

Bowen Turf Club

Horse welfare equipment - chiller bin

Bowen Turf Club

Electrical upgrade

Burdekin Race Club

Fencing to saddling area

Burdekin Race Club

Refurbishment of stabling complex

Ewan Amateur Turf Club

Upgrade to existing Jockey/Steward/Secretary/medical block

Ewan Amateur Turf Club

Padding starting barriers

Ewan Amateur Turf Club

Expand saddling enclosure

Herbert River Jockey Club

Repairs to racing surface

Herbert River Jockey Club

Track analysis, weed control and fertiliser program

Pentland Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Tower Hill Picnic Amateur Race Club

Upgrade female Jockeys’ rooms

Towers Jockey Club

Drainage works to the course proper

Towers Jockey Club

Upgrade racing surface

North West

Camooweal Jockey Club

Refurbish racing surface

Cloncurry and District Race Club

Repairs to rail, shade sails, track due to washouts and soil separation.

Corfield Race Club

Air conditioning to Stewards’ room, Jockeys’ rooms, office and Officials’ room.

Gregory Downs Jockey Club

Barrier refurbishment

Hughenden Jockey Club

Track works and grading

Hughenden Jockey Club

New barriers

Mt Isa Race Club

Top dress of racing surface

Mt Isa Race Club

Installation costs of new running rails

North Gregory Turf Club

Co-contribution to Council to enable track remediation works

North Gregory Turf Club

Refurbishment of tie up stalls

North Gregory Turf Club

Barrier refurbishment

Richmond Turf Club

Repairs to track

South East

Bundaberg Race Club

Barrier refurbishment

Gayndah Jockey Club

Barrier refurbishment

Gympie Turf Club

Upgrade racing surface to starting chutes

Kumbia Race Club

New tie up stalls

Mt Perry Race Club

Replacement of Stewards’ tower steps and floor

Nanango Race Club

Barrier padding

South Burnett Race Club

Refurbish racing surface

 

Note these projects are in addition to any works previously outlined under the Country and Regional Capital Works Program.

Important Information for Successful Clubs:

The scope of the successful projects may vary from the Club’s original submission.

RQ will be in contact with clubs to discuss the scope and timing of approved projects.

Despite being awarded a project, clubs must NOT initiate any contractors. RQ will coordinate the rollout of the awarded projects, with the complexity of the works, procurement and prioritisation of projects under the program, influencing the timing of each project’s commencement date. Initiating works outside of this process may jeopardise a project’s eligibility to be funded under the program.

If clubs wish to discuss the rollout of a project, the Project Delivery Team can be contacted at CRP@racingqueensland.com.au

Unsuccessful Applications:

Any eligible clubs that were unsuccessful in the application process will have the opportunity to reapply in the next round of the CRP.

RQ has also produced an information sheet outlining alternative options to fund club assets and development. To download a copy please click HERE.

Round 2:

The online application process for the next round of the CRP is expected to open in Quarter 2 of FY20, with an announcement of the successful Round 2 projects expected early in Quarter 4 of FY20.

Clubs will be alerted well in advance of the application process opening for Round 2.

It is anticipated that in Round 2 clubs will have the opportunity to:

  1. Reapply for unsuccessful projects from Round 1 using a simplified process that will reuse your previous application; and/or

 

  1. Submit full applications to apply for new projects or rewrite previously unsuccessful proposals.

Updates as well as the Funding Guidelines for Round 2 will be available from this site.