Racegoers at Warrnambool are gearing up for a big season of greyhound racing this summer thanks to a joint funding package of more than $55,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Labor Government is providing $21,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund for the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club’s 2017–18 Seaside Festival.
The Seaside Festival encompasses eight race meetings including a special pirate-themed night on Thursday 28 December, a circus-themed twilight event on 4 January, an Olympic twilight event on 6 January, a carnival night on 11 January, and a twilight event on Friday 12 January 2018.
The themed race meetings will also include a free kid’s meal with every adult meal purchase.
There will be an additional night race meeting on 30 December, a day meeting on 31 December and a twilight meeting on 2 January.
Greyhound Racing Victoria is contributing more than $26,700 to the festival, while the club is contributing almost $8,000.
The racing industry in the Western District generates more than $100 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 980 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.
Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“We’re proud to support the club because it provides employment and economic benefits for the Western District, as well as great family entertainment during the holiday season.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“This Seaside Festival is a great opportunity for racegoers to visit our beautiful region and see some quality racing while enjoying the best of our local produce.”
Quote attributable to Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club General Manager Craig Monigatti
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous support of the Seaside Festival.”