Ballarat Turf Club will be host to a world-class stable as part of a major upgrade from the Andrews Labor Government - attracting international investment and boosting local jobs to the region.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today announced the Government’s $300,000 investment in the $1.25 million project with Minister for Racing Martin Pakula.
The new Horse Trainer Precinct project has attracted internationally renowned thoroughbred trainer, Matt Cumani, who intends to lease the stables, creating 15 new jobs, with the potential to create up to 30 jobs over the next three years.
The project includes:
- The development of a 40-horse training stable
- The establishment of a feed room, tack room, three wash bays and five tie ups
- An administration block including an office, owner’s lounge and bathroom
- Carparking facilities
- Roads, power, water supply and landscaping
The Ballarat Turf Club is already among the state’s top five training centres due to its high quality facilities and the large number of horses starting in races. The Club hosts approximately 30 race meetings each year and generates $3.5 million annually. It is also vital to the Central Highlands region’s racing activities which generate $59.9 million every year.
The Government recognises Ballarat Turf Club’s position as the centre of the region’s significant equine industry and its key role as the host of large-scale community events including the popular Ballarat Cup.
The Government is committed to supporting the sustainable growth of important employment centres like the Ballarat Turf Club through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The new Horse Trainer Precinct project is great news for the community of Ballarat. The facility will generate investment in the region, create 15 new jobs and cement the Club’s position as a centre for racing excellence in Victoria.”
“Through our $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, we’re investing in projects like the Ballarat Turf Club’s new Horse Trainer Precinct to support important infrastructure upgrades, creating jobs and build stronger, more resilient regional communities.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“We’re proud to support the Ballarat Turf Club as it continues to grow and innovate. The facility is great news for the club.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020