The Maryborough Harness Racing Club will receive a new tractor worth $33,000, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
A reliable tractor is an essential piece of equipment for all harness racing clubs, helping to prepare tracks for racing and training by grading and spreading materials.
Carisbrook Raceway is one of the busiest racecourses in the state and is used by more than 2400 horses a year for its 32 race meetings and 48 trial days.
The new tractor will ensure the 1000-metre bluestone dust track remains in peak condition during the racing season, particularly when the club showcases its feature races including the Victoria Trotters Derby and the Redwood Classic.
The Government is providing $16,500 towards the new tractor, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund.
Harness Racing Victoria and the club are also contributing $8250 each towards the purchase.
The racing industry in the Loddon region generates more than $166 million to the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 1640 full-time equivalent jobs locally.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“Country racing is a major employer and a great tourist attraction for our regional centres and towns and this Government is proud to invest in its future.”
“The club and community will both benefit from this new tractor, ensuring that Carisbrook Raceway remains a top harness racing destination now and into the future.”
Quotes attributable to Maryborough Harness Racing Club Secretary and Manager Les Chapman
“Our old tractor has done a great job for the past quarter of a century, but it’s time for an upgrade and we thank the government for this funding.”
“Carisbrook Raceway is a busy racecourse and it’s important that we’re able to keep the track in tip top condition to ensure the safety of the horses and riders, as well as enhancing the racing experience for local residents and visitors.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020