The harness racing industry in Western Australia will receive a major boost following Government infrastructure grants announced today.
Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said a number of harness racing and training facilities throughout the State would benefit from grants totalling $913,600, under the Government’s $25million racecourse infrastructure grants program.
The major beneficiary was the Byford Trotting Training Complex Inc, which would receive $370,000 to undertake much needed repair work to its track and swimming pool and to purchase machinery and security fencing.
The funding would also provide for the preparation of a track upgrade assessment and a waste management plan for the complex.
“The Byford Trotting Training Complex has endured challenging times recently and it is hoped that this grant will provide the incentive for the complex to move forward with renewed enthusiasm,” Ms Ravlich said.
In more good news for training venues, Wanneroo Trotting Training Club will receive $28,600 for a track upgrade and Jandakot Trotting Training Club will receive $14,200 for new machinery.
In a new move for country harness racing, $335,800 has been allocated to erect race vision and steward’s patrol towers at harness racing venues at Bunbury, Harvey, Northam and Pinjarra.
“These dual purpose towers will overcome concerns over inadequate vision production capability, particularly in relation to Sky Channel coverage, and improve stewards’ race monitoring activities,” the Minister said.
Following a recent review of mobile starting barriers and country harness racing venues, $165,000 will be provided to purchase a new AVA computerised mobile barrier to service harness racing venues at Bunbury, Harvey, Northam, Narrogin and Pinjarra.
“The new mobile barrier will provide for more consistent, computer controlled starting procedures at these venues and allow the existing non-computerised mobile barriers to be reallocated to other venues that currently rely on manual barriers,” Ms Ravlich said.
“Harness racing is an important component of the WA racing industry and I am very pleased to be announcing these grants today.”
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