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Gympie Turf Club eyes off funding

The State Government has announced funding for country race clubs to upgrade facilities to meet health and safety standards. Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter (middle) has welcomed the initiative.
The State Government has announced funding for country race clubs to upgrade facilities to meet health and safety standards. Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter (middle) has welcomed the initiative. Contributed

GYMPIE Turf Club president Spencer Slatter has welcomed new legislation from the Bligh Government offering funding to country racing.

Minister for Responsible Racing, Peter Lawlor, announced the legislation, passed through Parliament this week, yesterday.

The funding ($300,000 over three years) will be made available to country clubs with limited financial resources for the purpose of allowing clubs to upgrade their facilities to meet health and safety standards.

Slatter said it was a timely boost for country racing.

“It’s definitely good news for country racing,” he said. “There is a need for the funding and it will do a lot of good.”

The Gympie Turf Club president said Gympie was in a strong financial position, but would look at its options at obtaining a slice of the funding.

“We’re in a strong position with good amenities, but there are always areas we can improve,” he said.

The Gympie Turf Club has just installed lighting around part of the track but would like to expand the project to include the entire course.

Crucial during the early hours of the morning in winter, the lighting is an important aspect of safety to those carrying out track work at the Gympie Showgrounds.

Gympie Times