John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Esperance racing facilities boosted by $150,000 grant

    23/10/2006 1:20 PM
     
    23/10/06

    The Carpenter Government has provided $150,000 to upgrade facilities at the Esperance Bay Turf Club.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler said the Government’s support for the club reflected the importance of its operations to the Esperance region.

    “Esperance’s Cup is one of the highlights of the region’s social calendar and enjoys immense support from local businesses, tourists, the racing industry and local residents,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The economic and social activity generated by racing is crucial to regional areas such as Esperance and it is imperative that the facilities which host the racing industry in the country are maintained to a high standard.”

    The grant will this year enable the club to:
    • repair a track crossing;
    • upgrade the jockeys’/stewards’ first aid room and vision facilities room;
    • replace the stewards’/camera tower;
    • upgrade the club computer;
    • provide fencing for horse stalls area; and
    • upgrade track irrigation.
    Further works in the 2007-08 financial year would enable the club to upgrade fencing of oncourse stables, upgrade the swab box and replace the club’s tractor.

    The Minister said the grant had been sourced from the $25million regional racecourse infrastructure grants program funded by the Carpenter Government and Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA).

    He said Esperance and other racing and trotting clubs in the region would also benefit, with increased stake money from the State Government’s latest round of taxation cuts.

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