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Funds to boost safety at jockey club

GOOD BOOST: Neil Brunckhorst has welcomed state funding for the Stanthorpe Jockey Club.
GOOD BOOST: Neil Brunckhorst has welcomed state funding for the Stanthorpe Jockey Club. Liana Turner

A FUNDING boost from the State Government will be a welcome help to Stanthorpe Jockey Club.

Club president Neil Brunckhorst said the $15,400 they had secured would help them to keep up standards.

Mr Brunckhorst said funding would help them to install a new steward's tower at the racetrack on Jimmy Mann Rd.

"We're going to build a new steward's tower on the far side,” he said.

He said this would help to ensure the safety of the races into the future.

"It's all about infrastructure to assist in the welfare of the horses, mainly,” he said.

Mr Brunckhorst said they would remove the existing steward's tower, which has been at the racecourse since it first began operating.

"We'll actually replace it, we'll take that one down,” he said.

"It's an original from 1966, I think, when we first raced here, so it's been there a while and it needs replacing.

"It's also a tower we use for video footage of the races, so it'll serve two purposes.”

While the new tower would take up much of the funding, other upgrades were in the pipeline.

"It'll use a fair bit of it, but we also want to upgrade our outside running rail,” Mr Brunckhorst said.

"We have done some work with it but we want to do some more.”

He welcomed the government's $1.17 million support for jockey clubs.

"It's good. Clubs have to meet a minimum standard anyway so this just helps us to reach that minimum standard,” he said.

"It's been a while since the government's assisted us with funding.”

While this funding will support infrastructure alone, Mr Brunckhorst said it was important to be able to offer the annual races to the Stanthorpe community.

"We have spent a lot of our own money here in the last 10 years upgrading the facilities,” he said. "We're a community club. We're all volunteers and the more you do for the community, the better response you get on race day.”

The Stanthorpe Races will be back on Saturday, October 21. Visit wineracing.org.

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