Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced funding of almost $52,000 to purchase a new track spreader and upgrade the air conditioning system at the Mildura Harness Racing Club.
The Andrews Labor Government has contributed almost $26,000 in infrastructure funding through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, with Harness Racing Victoria providing the same amount.
The club conducts 34 race meetings and 25 trial events at the Mildura Showgrounds each year, and currently hires a track spreader to maintain the racing and training surface.
The new spreader, which arrived last week, will give the club more flexibility when it needs to distribute fertiliser and soil to the track, and will save money on hire costs.
Four new reverse cycle air conditioning units have also been mounted to the ceiling which will provide cooling to the ground floor and first floor dining areas.
The racing industry in the Mallee region generates more than $58 million for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 570 full-time equivalent jobs.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“We’re pleased to be supporting harness racing in regional Victoria because it provides local jobs and delivers economic benefits to the community.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Steve Herbert
“The Mildura Racing Club is an important social hub for the local community and draws tourists to the region.”
“This vital funding will help the club to keep the track and public facilities in prime condition for years to come.”
Quotes attributable to Mildura Harness Racing Club Secretary Tim Scala
“We are grateful for the Victorian Government’s ongoing support and I’m sure all of those who use our dining room and bistro will be very appreciative of the new air conditioning system.”
“The new track spreader is also an essential piece of equipment and will allow us to maintain our track to the standard required by Harness Racing Victoria.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020