Jockeys and horses training at the Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club will be safer, thanks to a $114,000 upgrade to the barrier starting gates.
The Andrews Labor Government will contribute more than $57,000 towards the new mechanical gates, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund. Racing Victoria will match the Government’s contribution.
The existing barrier starting gates are more than 20 years old and in need of urgent replacement.
The upgrade will see new gates installed for the mobile barrier's 16 stalls and is expected to be operational by December this year.
The gates will meet improved safety designs, including full padding on the gates, divisions and platforms, an overhead pull-up bar for riders, and an automated mechanical starting system.
The racing industry in the Loddon region generates more than $166 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 1640 full-time equivalent jobs locally.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“The safety of our jockeys and horses is paramount. These new mechanical gates will create a safer environment for the riders, jockeys, barrier attendants and horses which train at Kyneton.”
“Country racing is a major contributor to the Victorian economy and we want to make sure we are supporting the industry so it can continue to thrive.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“The Kyneton racecourse is an important social hub for our local community and the new starting gates are a welcome addition to this beautiful venue.”
“This funding is about making safety a priority, as well as providing patrons with a great racing experience.”
Quotes attributable to Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Manager Jon Dight
“We are grateful to the government for its support which will allow us to replace our ageing barrier gates.”
“Our racecourse is located in the heart of the beautiful Macedon Ranges, and we encourage people to visit and enjoy all that country racing has to offer.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020