Racing funding positive for local track safety

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said it was positive to see funding for race course safety and maintenance coming into the area.

“New funding from the latest round of the Racing Safety Development Fund has recently been allocated with the Oamaru Harness Racing Club receiving $10,800 for stable paving and the Otago Racing Club gaining $9000 for a parade ring safety rail.

“The grants are made available from the Racing Safety Development Fund which provides $1 million annually to racecourse safety across two funding rounds.

“In round 2 of the fund, in 2015-16, the Otago Greyhound Racing Club also received $27,000 for new running rails.

“This is a good way for clubs to maintain their facilities with funding matched dollar-for-dollar with contributions from racing clubs.

“The fund plays an important role in improving the safety of the racing industry for animals, staff and the wider public.

“In many areas around the region these racing club facilities are widely used by the community throughout the year, so its important to maintain standards.

“Since its inception in 2007/08, the Racing Safety Development Fund has provided around $9 million to projects which improve safety and upgrade facilities in the racing industry. 

“There are around 140 active racing clubs and nearly 70 racecourses around the country.” ends