Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Racing fashionistas to strut stuff on regional turf

    10/03/2016 9:00 AM
    • Fashion on the catwalk at race meets
    • State Government injects $19.6 million into race clubs
    • Supporting dressmakers and clothing providers in country areas 

    The State Government today welcomed the announcement of a new fashion competition which will see women from across regional Western Australia vie to be named queen of the turf. 


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field will be launched at Bunbury Turf Club on Sunday, March 13 and is Western Australia's first State-wide racing fashion competition.


    The Bunbury heat will be followed by catwalk contests at Carnarvon, Port Hedland, Broome, Kalgoorlie, Northam and Geraldton before an overall winner is crowned at Perth's Ascot racecourse on Saturday, November 26.  Heats have already been held last month in Pinjarra and Albany.


    "Racing is a requisite thread in the social fabric of regional communities and it is fantastic to see initiatives that further encourage female involvement," Mr Holt said.


    "Traditionally it may be the men who bring women along to the races; I hope this new competition will mean it's the girls dragging the boys to the track."


    The regional finalists will battle it out to win prizes valued at more than $25,000, including a seven-night trip to Hong Kong.


    Women living outside the nine regional heat locations can enter the online 'wildcard' competition.  The three entries with the most votes will also be invited to Ascot where one will be selected to join the other finalists in the final.


    The Minister said the competition would foster economic activity in regional centres and towns.


    "The great thing about regional racing is that the race days have a significant flow-on effect into the local economy," Mr Holt said.


    "Everyone from the local milliner to the dress and fascinator makers will benefit.  It is worth noting that for every $1 spent at regional WA racecourses by customers, another $1 is spent in the local community on items such as retail, transport, tourism, food and beverages."


    Since 2011, the State Government's Racing Infrastructure Grants Program has distributed $19.6 million to regional and metropolitan race clubs, including $6.6 million via Royalties for Regions.


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