A $12,000 fencing upgrade for the Elmore harness training track will improve horse safety and provide a safer environment for drivers, industry personnel, staff and patrons.
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell and Liberal candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley today visited the Elmore Harness Racing Club to inspect the track, which will be upgraded with new fencing to enhance safety for both patrons and horses at the track.
Mr Bickley said the existing wood and pipe rail fencing is in very poor condition and does not meet the minimum height requirement for the safe separation of horses and people. “The funding will allow the Elmore Harness Racing Club to install a new 1.2 metre-high chain mesh fence and two eight-metre wide gates to provide access for track maintenance equipment and horses training or trialling at the venue,” Mr Bickley said.
Elmore Harness Racing Club secretary Cliff Powell said the improvements demonstrated the race club’s commitment to ensuring safety of participants is the number one priority. “We have 50-plus horses working here each week and all users will get enormous safety benefits from this new fence,” Mr Powell said.
The Napthine Government is investing $12,039 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards the project, sharing the cost with the Elmore Harness Racing Club’s $6,300 and Harness Racing Victoria investment of $5,738 towards the total project cost of $24,077.
Ms Lovell said the Napthine Government is a strong supporter of racing and was committed to further developing the economic and social benefits arising from the racing industry, particularly in country Victoria. “The racing industry provides an annual economic benefit of $940 million to regional Victoria with more than 43,000 regional participants and thousands of jobs involved,” Ms Lovell said. “Harness racing in the Loddon region alone generates over $50 million for local businesses with over 2,700 people participating as an owner, trainer, breeder, employee or volunteer.”
“The Napthine Government’s $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund, derived from unclaimed dividends and on-course wagering taxes, is critical to growing these economic benefits,” Ms Lovell said.
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