The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the sand training track at Benalla Racecourse as part of a major overhaul.

The Labor government is providing $125,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to refurbish the sand training track, as part of a $300,000 joint funding package.

Under the upgrade, new irrigation will be installed and a new plinth will be installed around the edge of the track, as well as a fresh sand cover. The works are expected to begin in January 2019, supporting 10 local jobs during construction.

Racing Victoria is contributing $100,000 towards the track works and the Benalla Racing Club is providing $75,000.

The Labor Government is also providing almost $35,000 from its Raceday Attraction Program to support three key race meetings at Benalla as part of Country Racing Victoria’s 2018-19 Summer of Racing campaign.

Kicking off with the 2018 Christmas Races on Saturday 22 December, racegoers will be treated to a 2-for-1 general admission ticket offer, live music, free children’s activities and complimentary shuttle buses between the Benalla town centre and the racecourse.

The 2019 Farmers & Kids’ Day Out on Sunday 20 January will include a dedicated Farmer’s Marquee, discounted dining packages and performances from the Wild Action Zoo Team.

The Euroa Cup race meeting on Sunday 17 March will provide a relaxed family-friendly event with live music for talented local musicians, free children’s entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and pony rides.

The club is providing more than $43,000 towards the race meetings and Country Racing Victoria is contributing $10,500 towards the race meetings.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided almost $652,000 to support ten infrastructure projects and eight race meetings at Benalla.

The racing industry in the Goulburn region alone generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2,240 full time equivalent jobs locally.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Government is investing in major track upgrades at Benalla Racecourse to help boost the number of trainers who use the facilities and the safety of jockeys, as part of our investment in country racing across the state.”

“We’re investing in summer racing events at Benalla because they help attract tourists to the region and provide hundreds of local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Benalla Racing Club President Greg McNulty

 “The sand training track refurbishment is a major boost to our facilities and will be of immense benefit to the 24 trainers and 100 horses that train here throughout the year.”

“We thank the government for its support for our summer races, which are huge hit with families and visitors looking for a great day out at the country races.”