Bundaberg Race Club is set for a track upgrade after securing a State Government infrastructure grant, generating jobs for local tradies.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the funds were part of a $500,000 investment across the Burnett Region.
“Racing is part of our region’s economy as well as community life, especially in some of our smaller and more isolated towns,” he said.
“Apart from supporting local clubs and improving facilities for trainers, jockeys, owners and racegoers, these grants will generate work for local tradies in these communities.”
The upgrades are part of $2.8 million worth of infrastructure grants being distributed statewide to some of Queensland’s smallest and most remote country race clubs.
Racing Minister Grace Grace announced the grants to 37 country clubs from Mareeba in the Far North to Betoota in the south-west.
“These are some of the state’s smallest and most remote clubs, and importantly, these projects will create work for local tradies and businesses,” Ms Grace said.
The Queensland Government has committed a total of $105.6 million to country racing over six years.
This includes funds for non-TAB clubs for infrastructure repairs and maintenance projects.
“Our Country Racing Program provides security and continuity to the country racing community up to 2023 by funding race meetings, prize money and racing infrastructure, repairs and maintenance,” she said.
The major Burnett project is almost $390,000 for a track upgrade at the Bundaberg Race Club.
A full list of infrastructure grant recipients is available at https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/crp