DEPUTY Premier and Member for Gippsland South this week announced $55,000 in funding to improve safety at Stony Creek Racecourse.
The funding includes $27,500 from the state government with the balance provided by Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.
“The project will see 1.8m high chainmesh fencing put up around 1200 metres of selected areas of Stony Creek Racecourse’s perimeter to improve the containment of horses and also help prevent unauthorised entry onto the racecourse,” Mr Ryan said.
“The new fencing will also secure the flat parking area and replace the wire strand fence along a major part of the race club’s boundary on the busy South Gippsland Highway.”
Mr Ryan said the government was committed to maintaining excellent safety standards in the Victorian racing industry by upgrading perimeter fencing at key country clubs, including Stony Creek.
The chief executive of Stony Creek Racing Club, Ralph Gallagher, welcomed the news of the funding as a major step forward for the club.
“This project will enhance existing provisions for the safety of race day patrons, the general public and thoroughbred horses,” he said.
“The scope of the new fencing has been developed by members of Racing Victoria who have been very supportive of the club’s desire to achieve the maximum safety arrangements here. We are grateful for that support.
“The funding is also a welcome signal of the ongoing commitment to the Stony Creek Racing Club and reinforces the shared dedication to the safety of all involved in racing in Stony Creek.”
Racing Victoria Chief Operating Officer Bernard Saundry said the installation of perimeter fencing at regional racecourses such as Stony Creek would address occupational health and safety issues as well as spectator safety.
“Racing Victoria is committed to excellence in OH&S compliance and acknowledges the support of the state government for the fencing project at Stony Creek.”
Friday December 30 is the date of the next race day at Stony Creek. Billed as ‘Family Day,’ there will be lots of special entertainment for the littlies.
Then on Monday January 9 a special Tasting, Grazing and Racing Day will be held to mark the 25th anniversary of the famous triple dead heat at the course. It will feature a special marquee for ladies as well as Fashions on the Field.