IMPROVEMENTS: Racing clubs across the southwest are expecting cash injections following the announcement of a funding boost to rural clubs across Queensland.
IMPROVEMENTS: Racing clubs across the southwest are expecting cash injections following the announcement of a funding boost to rural clubs across Queensland. Richard Coombs

Bush racing to benefit from new funding injection

COUNTRY racing is getting a boost, with seven race clubs across the region set to receive extra funding to upgrade their facilities.

Part of a larger State Government package worth $3.9million, race clubs in the Maranoa and broader southwest area will be raking in a collective $339,000 when the promised funding arrives.

The cash splash, and the long list of upgrades which come with it, are intended to keep money moving around small communities, while rebuilding clubs that fuel the local economies, racing minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.

"Country racing is integral to communities and residents living in western Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

"Small non-TAB clubs are at the heart of these communities, bringing people together and supporting local economies.

"They're not rich clubs by any means, but they have to meet ongoing infrastructure needs.

"This doesn't always come cheap.”

Each of the clubs' projects are relatively small, and are centred around repairs to fencing and rails, or the reconstruction of ageing infrastructure.

However, the costs would have been far harder for the clubs to front on their own, and with some of the smallest clubs hosting only one or two race meets a year, the injection of significant funds is rare.

"These funds will help improve the financial bottom line of these clubs while delivering the infrastructure they need going forward,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

"It's all part of the Palaszczuk Government's four-year $70.4 million Country Racing Support Package which is delivering great results at the grassroots level.”

The southwest race clubs receiving a funding boost are:

Barcoo Amateur Race Club: $100,000 for a new running rail and perimeter fencing

Cunnamulla and District Diggers Race Club: $45,000 to upgrade the female jockeys' room

Injune Race Club: $85,000 for new tie-up stalls

Noorama Picnic Race Club: $14,000 for fencing to the public area

Quilpie Diggers Race Club: $10,000 for barrier refurbishment

Roma Turf Club: $50,000 to upgrade running rail

St George Jockey Club: $35,000 for fencing the wash bay, stalls area, and mounting yard.


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