Geelong is gearing up to host a series of feature race days this summer, thanks to a joint funding package of $134,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Labor Government is contributing more than $64,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program towards the Geelong Racing Club’s 2017–18 Summer of Racing.
The series kicks off this Sunday 3 December with the Christmas Party race day, followed by the mid-week Christmas Party race day on 14 December, the Boxing Day Races on 26 December, the Bellarine Cup Day on 4 January, and the Pink Angels McGrath Foundation race day on 28 January.
Each event will feature a range of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, families, community groups and holiday-makers.
Patrons can celebrate with local food and wine, and family-friendly entertainment will range from live music performances to photo booths. Jumping castles, face-painting, animal farms and games will ensure that children are kept well entertained.
A highlight of Bellarine Cup Day on 4 January will be performances by Chris Humfrey and the Wild Action zoo team featuring an array of native animals.
The club is also offering a range of ticketing incentives to ensure the festivities appeal to all budgets, providing quality, value-for-money entertainment.
The club is contributing more than $64,000 towards the series, while Country Racing Victoria is providing $5,000.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $922,000 to support nine infrastructure projects and eight racing events in Geelong.
The racing industry in the Barwon region generates more than $106 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 1,050 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.
Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support the Geelong Racing Club’s 2017–18 Summer of Racing because it creates local jobs and brings the community together.”
Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“This is a fantastic series for Geelong which will help to boost the local economy by drawing thousands of people to Geelong throughout December and January.”
Quote attributable to Geelong Racing Club CEO Daniel Salter
“We’re grateful for the support of the Victorian Government for our 2017–18 Summer of Racing, and look forward to welcoming everyone to the track over summer.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020