Stawell Trots Into The History Books

11 January 2016

Stawell Harness Racing Club will celebrate 60 years of racing history this Australia Day, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced almost $7000 in funding to help stage the historic event, courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) Raceday Attraction Program (RAP).

Making the announcement during a tour of Laidlaw Park, Mr Pakula said the 60th anniversary race meeting would also include a race named in honour of the Laidlaw family, who played a key role in relocating the trots from Ararat to Stawell in the 1950s.

Racegoers heading to the track on 26 January can expect a range of outstanding community and family entertainment including a historical memorabilia display, live music, go karting and a jumping castle for children.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club is also contributing almost $7000 towards activities planned for the big day, including a tree planting ceremony and the unveiling of a stone plaque in recognition of past and present club volunteers.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula

“Harness racing has a rich tradition in Stawell and it’s fantastic to see the 60-year anniversary being celebrated in style.”

“The inaugural Australia Day race meeting last year was a big success and I encourage locals and visitors to the Grampians to get along this year and enjoy a great day of racing and family entertainment.”

Quotes attributable to Stawell Harness Racing Club CEO, Lisa McIlvride

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Government for the Australia Day 60 Years of Racing event.”

“This support is so important for small clubs and provides a great opportunity to recognise this historic milestone and to thank and acknowledge the many hours that staff, volunteers and the committee put in to making our club successful.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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