The Andrews Labor Government today announced a joint funding package of $106,000 to upgrade the Tatura Racecourse.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today visited the track to announce Government funding of $53,000 towards the project, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund.
Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria also contributed $26,500 each.
The funding has been used to upgrade the underground drainage system to ensure the track is in top condition all year.
A video inspection of the drainage system earlier this year revealed that several underground pipes had become displaced or blocked, resulting in damage to the soil subsurface.
Damaged pipes were also found at the winning post and three other sections of the racecourse. Repairs were undertaken in two stages, and the old pipes have been replaced with new polyethylene pipes bedded down in crushed rock.
The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 2240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“Country racing is a major contributor to the economy not only in the Goulburn region, but across the entire state.”
“We’re pleased to support this upgrade to the drainage system which is essential to the continued safe running of meetings at Tatura.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes
“Tatura Racecourse attracts people from all over the state and this upgrade will allow the club to continue to thrive for years to come.”
Quotes attributable to Tatura & Shepparton Racing Club President Michael Toll
“We welcome the Victorian Government’s ongoing support, which allows us to maintain our reputation as the premier home for thoroughbred racing in the Goulburn Valley.”
“The Government also supported the recent running of our Italian Plate Festival, which again was a great success and celebrated Victoria’s fantastic cultural diversity.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020