Media release | 7 October 2020
The NSW Government has announced $318,000 in stimulus funding for upgrades to Dubbo Turf Club to support the Central West racing industry and local jobs.
$95,400 will be provided this financial year and $222,600 next financial year to expand stabling facilities at the racecourse.
An additional 20 stable boxes will be constructed to provide greater capacity to accommodate more racehorses.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the funding was an investment in the future of regional racing.
“The investment is being rolled out as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package and will result in 12 new jobs for local tradies,” Mr Saunders said.
“Racing has a long and proud history in the Dubbo electorate and the racing industry is significant to our local economy and sporting culture.”
Mr Saunders said Dubbo Turf Club has been able to remain racing through the COVID-19 pandemic, however it had impacted its ability to run events like the Gold Cup and Derby Day to their normal capacity.
“This grant will help ensure our local racing industry remains sustainable and vibrant and attracts new participants once the pandemic passes,” he said.
Minister for Racing Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government is proud to support racing infrastructure across regional NSW that helps build community engagement, provides employment and improves the liveability of regional communities.
Regional racing played a key role in creating jobs and tourism as well as bringing communities together.
“With the spring racing season well underway, there has never been a better time to head down to the track to support the Dubbo Turf Club and cheer on a local horse or two,” Mr Anderson said.
“The NSW thoroughbred industry is incredibly healthy and remains strong during the challenges of this unprecedented COVID pandemic, and with the support of the NSW Nationals is only set to get stronger.”