BOOST FOR BALLARAT COMMUNITY RACE DAYS

Racegoers at Ballarat are gearing up for a series of community themed race days under a joint investment package of more than $31,000.

The first race meeting will pay tribute to emergency services workers with a CFA Day meeting on Sunday 8 April, and the second race meeting on Mother’s Day, Sunday 13 May, will recognise the tireless efforts of mums.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more than $15,000 towards the two events through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Ballarat Turf Club is contributing almost $14,000.

The CFA Day meeting is a community and family-focused event that celebrates local firefighters and creates awareness of the important role they play in helping to keep the people of Ballarat safe.

CFA firefighters are also generously providing $2,500 of in-kind support to run educational demonstrations and help man the gate at the CFA Day race meeting.

The Mother’s Day meeting in May is growing in popularity and is now a part of the Ballarat social and racing calendar.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $1.37 million to support seven infrastructure projects and more than 20 race day attraction events at Ballarat.

The racing industry in the Central Highlands generates more than $96 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps to sustain more than 950 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.

Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“Events like these help to bring the community together, while also attracting visitors and delivering a boost to the local economy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“We’re delighted to support the Ballarat Turf Club because it creates local jobs and showcases the best of country racing.”

Quote attributable to Ballarat Turf Club CEO Lachlan McKenzie

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support of our themed race days. These days play a very important role within our community.”

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