Minister for Racing Martin Pakula officially unveiled a $4.8 million refurbishment of Mornington Racecourse at today’s Peninsula Cup.
The Andrews Labor Government and the Melbourne Racing Club have jointly funded the upgrade.
The redevelopment includes a new state-of-the-art pavilion, multifunction space and deck area.
The new pavilion, adjacent to the mounting yard and track, will provide a unique vantage point to watch all the racing action.
The government has contributed $2.34 million towards the project from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) with the Melbourne Racing Club providing a further $2.77 million.
Victoria is the proud leader of Australian racing, generating more than $2.8 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 26,500 full time jobs.
The VRIF returns unclaimed wagering dividends and on-course wagering taxes back to the industry and allows the three racing codes, racing clubs and other key stakeholders to have a say in growing Victorian racing.
It funds projects and initiatives at tracks across Victoria, supporting jobs, improving animal and participant safety, increasing integrity measures and boosting the racing experience for racegoers.
Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula
“Racing at Mornington is a spectacular day out and these upgrades will enhance the race day experience.”
“This refurbishment will make Mornington Racecourse the largest events centre on the Peninsula, making it a great event space for the local community.”
Quotes attributable to Chief Executive of the Melbourne Racing Club Brodie Arnhold
“As a club we’re committed to providing the best facilities for all who visit our venues. At Mornington Racecourse we strive to maintain our place as the best country track in Victoria.
“We’re grateful for the government support which has made this fantastic renovation possible. The new space not only provides improved facilities on race days but provides the Peninsula community with a new function space on non-race days.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020