Wangaratta Turf Club investment to boost local industry

Friday, November 11, 2022

An elected Nationals Government will provide a boost to the local racing industry in Wangaratta, with a $55,000 investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) to transform the derelict canteen pavilion into a vibrant space for race days and community events.

The investment will allow more options for local community groups using the facilities at the Wangaratta Turf Club (WTC) and will also allow the club to host more patrons on race day, as well as improving the safety of racegoers.

Shadow Minister for Racing, Tim Bull, said VRIF was a Coalition Government initiative that had delivered many benefits to racing clubs the length and breadth of the state and said he looked forward to it continuing, on election in November.

“Projects like this one at Wangaratta are so important to country clubs and country communities. We need to continue to invest in country race clubs and all three codes.

“Our racing sector is a key employer in Victoria and a significant economic driver, particularly in our regional areas. It’s an industry we should be proud of.”

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, said that these upgrades will continue to benefit the community in the coming years.

“The Turf Club has a huge economic input in the local community, so by investing in spaces that can be utilised by community groups, we are continuing to give back.

“The potential of a redeveloped canteen pavilion is endless and will expend the accessibility of the facilities.

“Wangaratta Turf Club has some of the best facilities in regional Victoria, and this investment will help to achieve the vision of a premier racing centre in regional Victoria, and Australia.”

President of the Wangaratta Turf Club, Bill Carlisle, and Mr McCurdy, celebrate the Coalitions commitment to the VRIF


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