Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    Infrastructure grant boosts Goldfields racing

    4/04/2008 12:00 AM

    The historic Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club (KBRC) will be able to undertake much needed improvements to its race track, thanks to a major infrastructure grant from the State Government.


    Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced her approval of a grant of $1,287,653 to upgrade racetrack facilities at the Goldfield’s premier racing venue as part of the Government’s $25million Regional Racecourse Infrastructure Grants Program.


    Ms Ravlich said the funds would be used to install a new irrigation system, replace the existing stewards and vision towers, enable widening of the track and improve safety fencing.


    “The resurgence in the racing industry over the past few years has been a boon for Goldfields racing, but the increased racing activity has created considerable difficulties for the club in maintaining a suitable racing surface and training facility,” the Minister said. 


    “The KBRC has identified the track as its main priority and has worked with Racing and Wagering Western Australia to realise this project.”


    The new irrigation system will replace old infrastructure that is prone to malfunction and is costly and labour intensive to manage.  The new system will include water harvesting and water management practices.


    The work to enable the widening of the track in parts will allow for more running rail shifts, ensuring that a good racing surface can be provided for all race meetings.  This will also allow for larger fields of runners.


    Work on the project is to start immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


    “Racing in Kalgoorlie is well supported by the Goldfields community,” the Minister said.


    “It is also an important contributor to the State’s racing industry and the State Government is very pleased to be able to offer this support.”


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