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FUNDING BOOST FOR BENDIGO RACECOURSE

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Racegoers at the Bendigo Jockey Club will get uninterrupted views of all the on-course action, thanks to a new $320,000 big screen funded with support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula visited Bendigo Racecourse today to announce the Labor Government will provide more than $160,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to help purchase and install the big screen.

The 59 square-metre big screen is expected to be operational in time for the Bendigo Cup on 1 November, and will enhance the race day experience by providing prime views of the on-track action.

The club is also contributing more than $160,000 towards the project, which will help boost revenue by creating new opportunities for on-course advertising and sponsorship.

Since 2014, the Government has provided almost $1.2 million for 15 projects to improve racing and training infrastructure, public facilities and raceday attraction events at Bendigo Racecourse.

The racing industry in the Loddon region generates more than $166 million annually for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 1640 full-time equivalent jobs locally.

Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing in regional racing clubs. This funding will help the Bendigo Jockey Club to install the infrastructure it needs to draw even more people to the track.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“This funding boost is great news for the Bendigo Jockey Club and great news for regional racing. It helps to create jobs, attracts tourism and supports the local economy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“The big screen is an exciting initiative that will enhance the race day experience for patrons and help the club create new opportunities for advertising, sponsorship and private functions.”

Quote attributable to Bendigo Jockey Club CEO Aaron Hearps

“It can be hard to get a good view of the track when there are large crowds in attendance, but with the big screen in place, everyone will be able to see the action regardless of their position on the racecourse.”

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