The Dederang Picnic Race Club’s premier race meeting has received a funding boost, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government is providing $13,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program to support the racing meet on Saturday 16 March.

Family entertainment will be provided throughout the day including live music and Kelly Sports games, and activities for children with a complimentary showbag for all participants.

Following the six-race program, the Dederang Picnic Race Club will host the annual Madman’s Mile, providing patrons the chance to race around the course then participate in a Tug of War challenge.

To ensure the event is as accessible to as many racegoers as possible, a return shuttle bus service will be available between the Dederang Racecourse and Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth, Myrtleford and Bright.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $37,797 to support three infrastructure projects and two raceday events at the Dederang Racecourse.

The racing industry in the Hume Region generates more than $217 million for the Victorian economy every year and sustains more than 1,880 fulltime equivalent jobs locally.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Dederang Cup is an important race meeting in the heart of the Hume Region, and we’re proud to support this popular event to bring visitors to our region.”

“We’re proud to be investing in racing in Dederang – helping to boost tourism and provide local jobs across the Hume region.”

Quotes attributable to Dederang Picnic Racing Club, President Maurice Goonan

“We’re thrilled to host another exciting day of racing at the Dederang Cup and have ensured the event is even more accessible to everyone with a return shuttle bus service on offer connecting regional racegoers to their favourite event.”

“We’d like to thank the government for supporting the Dederang Cup and look forward to welcoming back racegoers to our premier race meet for first time since 2016.”