Media Release

12 October 2018

Bull: Liberal Nationals building a better Ballarat Turf Club

Friday 12 October 2018

Liberal Nationals building a better Ballarat Turf Club

Ballarat Turf Club will get a new state-of-the-art synthetic track under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

The Liberal Nationals also committed today to continuing the Victorian Racing Infrastructure Fund (VRIF), if elected in November.

The new synthetic track will ensure that Ballarat Turf Club can host more than 40 race meetings per year, will have better track conditions and can expand its current training capacity, which is almost full.

The Liberal Nationals Government’s $5 million contribution will help build a better Ballarat Turf Club, attracting even more trainers to a location that’s the fastest growing horse training centre in Australia.

With its superb location, excellent facilities, world-class locally-based trainers, jockeys, vets, and support staff, the Ballarat Turf Club has established itself as one of the preeminent non-metropolitan turf clubs in Australia.

Better facilities will mean more trainers can operate from the centre, leading to more jobs and a boost to Ballarat’s economy.

With one full-time job for every three horses trained and the prospect of increasing horse numbers by 200, this investment is expected to create more than 65 new jobs.

The announcement has been welcomed by the Ballarat Turf Club and local horse trainers.

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

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Racing, Tim Bull:

“The new synthetic track means Ballarat will be able to race more often and surrounding clubs can transfer meetings if weather impacted, which is fantastic news for trainers and owners, and all race day patrons.

A Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this important funding boost to not only grow the Ballarat racing industry but to also attract new jobs and investment in Miners Rest, Ballarat and Regional Victoria.”

Comment attributable to Member for Ripon, Louise Staley:

“I’ve worked hard to secure this funding for our community because it’ll support existing jobs and grow new employment opportunities in Miners Rest and our region.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to growing our regions and creating good jobs, including a better Ballarat Turf Club.”

Comment attributable to Liberal Candidate for Buninyong, Andrew Kilmartin:

“This new track will see more horses being trained at Ballarat, creating jobs and supporting Ballarat’s booming racing industry.

This investment is good for our community and good for our local economy.”

Comment attributable to Liberal Candidate for Wendouree, Amy Johnson:

“As a passionate supporter of the Ballarat Turf Club, I understand the importance of investment in a better local track.

This will attract new jobs and investment and give Ballarat’s economy even more of a boost on race days.”