Stawell Hot to Trot on Australia Day

The Andrews Labor Government has contributed more than $5000 to help make the Stawell Harness races this Australia Day a great day out for families.

Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, said the races, to be held on 26 January at Laidlaw Park, Stawell, were a community event that brought together racegoers from all over the Grampians.

The Stawell Harness Racing Club has ensured there will be an action-packed day of harness racing and entertainment, including:

  • Free racebooks for the first 200 patrons wearing green and gold
  • Face painting, jumping castles and go-karts
  • Free show bags for all children
  • Live music
  • Prize giveaways – fuel vouchers for adults and iTunes vouchers for kids
  • Pony trots

Entry is free and the Stawell Harness Racing Club will also put on a great Aussie BBQ. Everyone that enters the prize draws or follows the club on Facebook or Twitter on the day, will get a $5 BBQ voucher.

The Labor Government will provide $5325 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program, with the SHRC contributing $4550 and $500 from a local business, towards a total project cost of $10,375.

For more information contact Lisa McIlvride at the Stawell Harness Racing Club on 5358 1237, by email at stawell@hrv.org.au or visit www.harness.org.au/stawell.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula

“With a barbie and a flutter, Australia Day at the Stawell races will be a great day out.’’

“I encourage the Stawell community to enjoy all of the day’s action, both on and off the track.”

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer, Stawell Harness Racing Club, Lisa McIlvride

“The Stawell Harness Racing is thrilled with the support from the Andrews Labor Government to have received a grant from the Raceday Attraction Program.”

“The funding will benefit Stawell and the wider community with a free family day full of entertainment for people of all ages to celebrate our greatest holiday, Australia Day.”