Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Thoroughbred racing returns to York in style

    6/04/2015 12:00 AM
    • $70,000 York Cup to be run today for the first time since September 2010
    • Made possible by Royalties for Regions

    Australia's oldest thoroughbred track will roar back to life today with the first running of the York Cup in almost five years.


    Racing has returned to the historic Wheatbelt town, one hour east of Perth, made possible with $1.03 million from the State Government's Racing Infrastructure Grants Program (RIGP), funded by the Royalties for Regions program.  


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said it had been a long way back for the York club after facilities at the 172-year-old racecourse were devastated by a storm in January 2011.


    "York racecourse is a vitally important venue, both economically and socially for the local community and wider Wheatbelt," Mr Holt said. 


    "One in every 16 people in the region has an involvement in racing as either an employee, volunteer or participant - making it the most active racing region in the State on a per capita basis."


    Mr Holt will today officially open York Racing's new facilities, including a new administration building, jockeys' and stewards' rooms, a new bar and tote area for patrons.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the racing industry was an important contributor to the Wheatbelt economy, responsible for maintaining full-time equivalent employment for more than 400 people.


    "Racecourses and race days also promote tourism in the region, creating a flow-on effect for a sustainable local economy," Mr Redman said.


    "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions funds invested in regional racing clubs, generating significant social and economic benefits for the local community."


    In 2010-11, 58,200 racegoers spent more than $2.5 million as a result of attending the races in the Wheatbelt (excluding wagering).  For every $1 spent at the racecourse, another $2.06 is spent in the local community on items such as retail, transport, tourism, food and beverages.


          Fact File

    • The RIGP was established in 2010 to assist the development of racecourse infrastructure at racing venues across WA
    • To date, 200 racecourse infrastructure grants totalling $13.3 million (Royalties for Regions boost component $3.24 million) have been approved by the State Government
    • Racing and Wagering WA contributed $383,000 towards bringing thoroughbred racing back to York
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit http://biggerpicture.regions.wa.gov.au

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