Celebrate Australia Day Weekend at Great Western Races

20 January 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has contributed more than $19,000 to help make the Great Western races this Australia Day long weekend a great day out for families.

Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, said the races, to be held this Sunday, were a community event that brought together racegoers from all over western Victoria.

The day will have a festival-like atmosphere with activities such as:

  • 2013 MasterChef winner Emma Dean’s cooking demonstrations
  • Fashions on the Field
  • live music
  • Youth Boat Race down the home straight
  • children’s activities

Racegoers can enjoy local food and wine with gourmet stalls selling their wares throughout the day. Racegoers also have the chance to win a $400 wine pack, courtesy of Seppelt Wines.

Free buses will transport racegoers from Ararat, Halls Gap and Stawell to the track.

The Labor Government has given $19,296 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program, with the Great Western Racing Club contributing $15,465, Country Racing Victoria $5000 and local business $2525. The total cost of the project is $42,286.

For more information on the Great Western races, contact Penny Penfold at the Great Western Racing Club on 0418 124 289, by email at or visit Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula

“Australia Day weekend at Great Western on Sunday is a great way for families to enjoy a day at the country races.”

“They might only race once a year, but it is one of the best meetings on the racing calendar, and I encourage any one who loves good food, wine and racing to get to Great Western.”

Quotes attributable to Penny Penfold, Club Manager, Great Western Racing Club

“The Great Western Racing Club is thrilled to receive support from the Andrews Labor Government through the Raceday Attraction Program for the Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup.”

“The Grampians is known for its quality food and wine. Mix this with country racing at its finest, and you have a great day out at Great Western this Australia Day weekend.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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