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Racing clubs to benefit from additional $3.6 million in funding

8 September 2023

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A total of 15 racing clubs across Queensland will soon receive $3.6 million in infrastructure funding for asset management.

Attending day one of the Cairns Amateurs Carnival today, Racing Minister Grace Grace announced the Cairns Jockey Club as a beneficiary of the grants, with the club receiving $750,000 for stabling repairs and a new swab box.

In total, 37 projects will be delivered across key Queensland clubs for repairs and maintenance, along with asset replenishment and replacement.

The club funding follows the introduction of the Palaszczuk Government’s new sustainable funding model for racing – which is now reinvesting 80 percent of Betting Tax revenue back into industry.

Other approved projects include:

  • Stewards’ tower, and racecaller and judges’ tower upgrade and refurbishments at Townsville Turf Club;
  • Patron undercover area at Mackay Turf Club;
  • Events centre air conditioning, surface walkway refurbishment and animal ambulance for the Gold Coast Turf Club;
  • Spray unit for Rockhampton Jockey Club;
  • Contribution towards a new lift for Sunshine Coast Turf Club; and
  • Contribution towards jockey room refurbishments at the Toowoomba Turf Club.

“Infrastructure funding is supporting our racing clubs by providing assistance for important upgrades and maintenance,” Minister Grace said.

“With almost 40 projects approved in this year’s funding, we are proud to be able to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainability and growth of the racing industry across the state.

“Through our new sustainable funding model, the Palaszczuk Government continues to provide strong support to our racing clubs, big and small, that are at the heart of so many of Queensland’s communities.”

As part of the Racing Queensland application process, eligible clubs were invited to partake through an online submission portal and were asked to address the project assessment criteria.

The investment is in addition to the $3 million Country Club Asset Funding Program that was recently announced to support infrastructure projects at country racing clubs.

Click here to see the full list of approved projects.