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

    Country race clubs benefit from grants

    5/06/2015 12:00 AM
    • $4.4 million allocated to 13 clubs across WA for infrastructure works
    • Part of State Government's Racecourse Infrastructure Grants Program
    • Additional investment provided through Royalties for Region

    The number 13 may be considered unlucky for some however for a baker's dozen of race clubs sprinkled across regional Western Australia it is anything but with the announcement that they will share in a record $4.4 million of infrastructure grants.


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the funds had been allocated to the clubs through the State Government's Racing Infrastructure Grants Program (RIGP) and Royalties for Regions.


    "The latest round of the RIGP brings the total amount of grants committed to almost $19.6 million since the program began in 2011," Mr Holt said.


    "This program ensures regional and metropolitan race clubs can complete both critical infrastructure works and works on patron facilities that will deliver significant benefits back to clubs and communities."


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the racing industry was an important contributor to the State's economy. 


    "Regional racecourses also promote tourism and create employment opportunities for local communities," Mr Redman said.


    "This Royalties for Regions investment is enabling the sustainable operation of regional race clubs that will soon create a flow-on effect for the local economy."


    Grants for metropolitan venues can be up to 60 per cent of the total project cost to a maximum of $500,000, while grants for regional facilities can be up to 90 per cent of the total project cost, to a maximum of $900,000. 


    The additional funding for regional venues has been made possible through matching funding from the Royalties for Regions program.


    Fact File

    • Since 2011, the State Government's RIGP has distributed $19.6 million to regional and metropolitan race clubs, including $6.6 million via Royalties for Regions

    Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100
    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700