Country race clubs will be winners under Liberal Nationals

Grassroots country racing clubs will get a fairer share of industry funding under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said Manangatang and Wycheproof were among more than 20 thoroughbred racing clubs in country communities to miss out under Labor’s fund for Victoria’s racing industry.

Mr Crisp said unlike city-centric Labor, the Liberal Nationals will ensure all country clubs get their fair share of the $33 million fund, to be provided over two years.

“Thriving country racing clubs support local economies and jobs in towns, such as Manangatang, Wycheproof and across country Victoria,” Mr Crisp said.

“The Wycheproof and Manangatang races are unique country events that bring people from far and wide together.  They are days that celebrate friendship and the bond between locals, ex locals and visitors in the country.

“Our plan to give country racing clubs their fair share will help boost prize money at local races and attract more trainers and owners to races in Regional Victoria.”

Thoroughbred racing in Victoria boosts our state’s economy, contributing $3.2 billion and supporting more than 25,000 jobs.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also investigate a country innovation fund to better promote country racing, working with industry representatives to develop it.

Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull said when country racing is strong, Victoria’s racing industry is strong.

“City-centric Labor seems to believe the best gauge of the health of the industry is the size of metro prize pools, when in reality we need to make sure all clubs across the state thrive,” Mr Bull said.

“An elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest in country racing because we know country racing supports country jobs.”

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