Werribee Racing Club will soon have a much-needed brand new operations building and a more sustainable water supply, thanks to funding from Andrews’ Labor Government.
Racing Minister Anthony Carbines today announced the Labor Government’s decision Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) is investing over $558,000 in the Werribee Operations building upgrade project, with the club contributing over $167,000 and over $390,000 from Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.
Improvements include a new building with rooms for officials on race day next to the current grandstand, providing more modern space for stewards and jockeys.
The project supported 30 jobs during construction and is expected to be completed later this month.
Minister Carbines also announced an additional VRIF investment of over $148,000 in the Werribee Water Sustainability project, with the club contributing over $44,000 and over $104,000 from Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.
Currently, the Club purchases thousands of liters of drinking water to keep the surface of the racecourse at a safe level for officials, jockeys and horses. The project will allow 150,000 liters per day, a new borehole and a permit to pump water from the nearby Werribee River.
This will give the club enough water to keep the track in good condition all year round and keep costs down. The project created five new jobs during construction and is expected to be completed later this year.
Since December 2014, the government has invested over $1.82 million to support racing infrastructure projects at Werribee Racing Club.
The thoroughbred racing industry generates $3.43 billion for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 25,700 jobs.
As racing minister Anthony Carbines said
“Our investment will help ensure race meetings at Werribee run smoothly with modern infrastructure for industry attendees, as well as a safe and consistent racing surface and significant long-term cost savings.”
As Werribee MP Tim Pallas said
“Werribee Racing Club has a proud history that spans over 150 years, and we’re making sure it has a bright future with these two significant upgrades.
As Werribee Racing Club chairman Robert Jarvis said
“These are two much-needed projects that ensure Werribee Racing Club has the facilities it needs to continue in business. We thank the Victorian Government for their support.