Ararat Racecource On Track For Upgrades

01 June 2017

Ararat racecourse will undergo a major facelift with more than $112,000 spent on infrastructure and safety upgrades supported by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula travelled to the Ararat Turf Club today to announce the Labor Government will provide $56,000 towards refurbishing the ambulance track, betting ring, broadcast area and entrance.

The existing ambulance track will be regraded and topped with a new all-weather compacted gravel surface, improving access and safety for racing participants.

The project will replace the uneven pavers in the betting ring with a concrete floor to meet occupational health and safety standards.

The broadcast area will be relocated to the club administration building to help reduce congestion on race days by extending the building’s deck and veranda, adding retractable blinds and completing electrical works.

In addition, 200 tonnes of granite sand will be added to the racecourse entranceway to widen the existing road.

The Club is providing more than $42,000 towards the refurbishments, which are expected to be completed in mid-June.

Ararat Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is contributing $7000 to the project, Racing Victoria is providing $4280, the Ararat Clay Target Club is contributing $1000 and generous volunteers will donate $2000 in free labour.

Since 2014, the Government has provided more than $77,000 to support key infrastructure projects at Ararat, including new perimeter fencing, renovations to the race caller box, and audio and visual upgrades.

The racing industry in the Central Highlands generates more than $96 million annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.

Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“These upgrades will make the racecourse safer and will help to improve the welfare of jockeys, trainers and horses.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“The upgrades to the facilities at the Ararat racecourse will improve access in and around the venue, and provide a more welcoming environment for locals and visitors going to the track.”

Quotes attributable to Ararat Turf Club Manager Adam Atchison

“These upgrades are essential for ensuring that our facilities keep up with industry standards and provide the best and safest experiences for racing participants.”

“There’s been racing here at Ararat for 160 years, and the support we have received from the Victorian Government will help ensure it stays that way for many years to come.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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