Thursday 12 February 2015
Minister must stand up for country race clubs and jobs
Terang, Stony Creek, Bairnsdale and Mildura will have their funding cut over the next three years and Kilmore, Tatura and Colac have been put on notice. In the past 24 hours these clubs who have indicated to Mr Bull that they have some dedicated long serving trainers, who it appears will now be forced to leave the industry, or have their clubs try and pick up the tab for the cut to maintain training facilities.
Mr Bull also expressed concerns that the Victorian Country Racecourse and Training Facilities Plan released this week, also casts doubts over some smaller country clubs maintaining meetings.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull MP:
“No sooner has this Government got its feet under the desk than there is an announcement that funding will be cut to Terang, Stony Creek, Bairnsdale and Mildura over the next three years and Kilmore, Tatura and Colac have been put on notice.
“Many years ago Stony Creek hosted seven meetings per season, but now it will have just four from 2016/17 with its training facilities funding cut. This is not what you would call great support of this club and its community and this is just one example.
“I call on the Minister to go into bat for country racing clubs, push to have this funding restored and seek a guarantee that smaller country clubs will not have meetings stripped.
“This is a real test for the new Minister. Will he stand up for country racing and country jobs?”