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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Training Assistance Fund established to support racing participants

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Training Assistance Fund established to support racing participants

    Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has launched a new Training Assistance Fund to support racing participants in flood-impacted areas of Queensland.

    Mr Hinchliffe said the fund would assist trainers who have encountered additional animal welfare, care and transportation costs due to the widespread flooding in North and North West Queensland.

    “Queensland’s devastating floods have impacted thousands of people, and this includes racing participants and trainers,” he said.

    “Many of them need financial assistance to ensure the welfare of their animals, and that’s what this fund will provide.

    “As a government we’re doing everything possible to assist those affected by the floods on the road to recovery.

    “I welcome Racing Queensland’s contribution and applaud the other organisations which have already contributed to the fund, and would encourage Queenslanders to give generously.”

    Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said the organisation’s exclusive on-course wagering partner, TAB, contributed a further $25,000 to the fund.

    In addition, TAB has also provided $20,000 to GIVIT, a not-for-profit organisation connecting those in need, taking their overall contribution to $45,000. 

    Ladbrokes, the only corporate wagering operator headquartered in the state, has also recognised the need to assist the North Queensland industry with a $20,000 donation.

    “We’re extremely grateful to TAB and Ladbrokes, who have made significant contributions to commence our fundraising endeavours,” Mr Parnell said.

    “The recent floods have had a profound impact on the North Queensland community and the racing industry has not been quarantined from this event.

    “While there are presently tales of incredible community spirit, the weeks and months ahead will be difficult as the rebuild continues and that includes the prospect of financial and emotional hardship for our industry participants.

    “We would encourage anyone who has the capacity to donate to do so.”

    It’s estimated more than 100 trainers across thoroughbreds and greyhounds have faced additional costs for transport, food, forage and bedding for animals, directly related to the recent floods

    The fund will provide an opening round of payments to eligible trainers of $350 or $700 depending on their respective activity levels.

    Impacted trainers, who have had racing activity in the last four months, are invited to apply from the following local government areas:

    o    Burdekin

    o    Charters Towers

    o    Cloncurry

    o    Hinchinbrook

    o    McKinlay

    o    Richmond

    o    Townsville

    RQ officials will oversee and administer the Fund to ensure that the pressure is alleviated on affected participants as quickly as possible.

    RQ is also working with clubs to ensure normal racing operation is restored as soon as possible with races rescheduled or relocated where possible.

    Full details on how to apply for funding, including the assessment criteria for the RQ fund are available on racingqueensland.com.au.

    Impacted participants may also be entitled to personal financial assistance through the federal government disaster recovery payment and the disaster recovery allowance, with details at the following links:

    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/far-north-queensland-floods-february-2019-australian-government-disaster-recovery-payment

    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/far-north-queensland-floods-february-2019-disaster-recovery-allowance

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548