Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today unveiled more than $98,000 worth of racing infrastructure upgrades during a visit to the Camperdown Turf Club.
Mr Pakula officially unveiled the refurbished judges’ tower and broadcast box worth more than $22,000 and the first stage of a water storage project worth more than $75,000.
Upgrades to the judges’ tower and broadcast box were completed in January this year and include new iron sheeting on external walls, roofing, replacement flooring and doors, and updated electrical works.
The water storage project includes the drilling of a new bore and the installation of a 234,000-litre storage tank aimed at increasing the club’s storage capacity and improving the availability of water at the racetrack.
Recent conditions have forced the club to top up water storages to irrigate the course proper.
The new bore was sunk earlier this year, completing the first stage of the water storage project. The second stage of the project, which includes installing the new storage tank, will commence in the coming weeks.
The project also includes upgrades to the existing irrigation system to improve the efficiency of water usage across the racecourse.
A newly installed 1.5-metre perimeter fencing around the float car park to prevent loose horses escaping onto nearby roads also forms part of the infrastructure overhaul.
The Andrews Labor Government is contributing more than $48,000 towards the upgrades, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The club is also providing more than $49,000 towards the refurbishments.
Quotes attributable to Racing Minister Martin Pakula
“These infrastructure upgrades will improve safety for participants and the public as well as the horses racing and training at the track.”
Quotes attributable to Camperdown Turf Club President Laurie Hickey
“We are extremely thankful to the Minister for Racing and the Victorian Racing Industry Fund for supporting the upgrade of key facilities at the Camperdown racecourse.”
“Racing is vital to our local community and these refurbishments ensure that we can continue to provide racing participants with a safe working environment and a track in peak condition all year round.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020