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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Palaszczuk Government meets with country racing reps

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    Palaszczuk Government meets with country racing reps

    Racing Minister Grace Grace met with representatives from the Country Racing Committee (CRC) in Brisbane today to provide clarity and certainty around funding arrangements for country racing over the next four years.

    The meeting with representatives from each of the eight country racing associations included discussion about the best use for the Country Racing Support Program - a $21 million, four-year package, designed to ensure that racing in the regions continues.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is a great supporter of country racing and I was trackside on Saturday at the Moranbah races to meet with country raceogers and the Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth,” she said.

    “All those who love and enjoy country racing in Queensland can count on the support of the Palaszczuk Government.”

    Ms Grace said that the Queensland Government had stepped up to provide $13 million to offset the amended prize money structure for country racing, contained in Racing Queensland’s Tracking Towards Sustainability plan.

    “The plan provides $4 million for each of the first two years to fully maintain country prize money, and then $3 million in year three and $2 million in year four,” she said.

    “We have also made provision for a further $2 million per year, over four years, to assist country race clubs in exploring other revenue options into the future.

    “Country racing prize money and race meetings will remain at current levels for the next two years from 1 July 2016.”

    Ms Grace said that members of the CRC also met with Racing Queensland’s new Club Liaison team who will oversee country sustainability initiatives.

    “The Queensland government is committed to supporting regional clubs and to assist them to improve the long term sustainability of country racing,” she said.

    “I look forward to seeing country racing thrive in the future so our next generations can enjoy racing at tracks right around the State.”

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