Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Leisure Matters

Funding a winner for regional race clubs

Ministerial Statement

Regional race clubs across the State will share in $6.6million increased State Government Royalties for Regions funding for racecourse infrastructure to be built in the next three years.

 Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today announced the Racing Infrastructure Grants Program (RIGP) would be increased to $19.6million to be spent at racing venues throughout Western Australia.

 “The Royalties for Regions funding added to RIGP’s original $13million will enable regional race clubs to access up to 90 per cent of the required funds to undertake critical infrastructure projects,” Mr Waldron said.

 Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the funding increase would assist regional race clubs to complete major projects critical to the conduct of racing and to meet OHS standards, licensing requirements and community expectations.

 “More than 400,000 people attend racing events in regional WA each year, highlighting the unique and vital role racing has in maintaining the fabric of community life, particularly in rural and remote areas of the State,” Mr Grylls said.

York racecourse, Australia’s oldest thoroughbred race track, was devastated by a storm in January 2011 and faced closure.  It will be the first to benefit from the funding injection.

 Mr Waldron today announced his in-principle approval for a grant of up to $450,000 from the RIGP with a matching amount from additional Royalties for Regions funding, to provide York an in-principle grant of up to $900,000.

 “Once the tendering process has been completed, this funding will see the development of new administration facilities, jockeys’ rooms (male and female), a stewards’ room and a new bar and tote area for patrons,” he said.

 Mr Waldron said the new facilities would benefit the whole community through a renewed ability for the York Racing Club to share with local community clubs and charity groups when they were not being used for racing.

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