COUNTRY CLUB UPGRADES: Several racing organisations in the Wide Bay Burnett have received grants for infrastructure upgrades. Pictured is the Schuh family at Eidsvold Races in 2019. Picture: Alex Treacy
COUNTRY CLUB UPGRADES: Several racing organisations in the Wide Bay Burnett have received grants for infrastructure upgrades. Pictured is the Schuh family at Eidsvold Races in 2019. Picture: Alex Treacy

Burnett race club receives $49,000 boost for upgrades

EIDSVOLD race club is one of seven country racing organisations in the region that will share in almost $600,000 in funding.

The State Government has announced these clubs across the Wide Bay Burnett region will receive thousands for infrastructure projects.

Eidsvold Race Club received $49,000 in the second round of funding, with club president Lyle Murray welcoming the boost for the Burnett club.

“I’m glad we were lucky enough to be one of the successful clubs in the region to receive it,” he said.

“That money will be put to good use.”

The club will be refurbishing their racing barriers, as well as upgrading their jockey and stewards’ room.

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Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the projects had been approved under the second round of funding, which means jobs and a boost to the economies in Queensland’s smaller communities.

“Coming at this time, when the global economy is taking blow after blow as a result of the pandemic, this funding is yet another avenue for Queensland to unite and recover,” he said.

“We’re expecting to announce a third round before the end of the year, which again means jobs and another decent shot in the arm of the economies of successful communities.”

THEY’RE OFF: The Eidsvold Races in 2018. Picture: File
THEY’RE OFF: The Eidsvold Races in 2018. Picture: File

Eidsvold’s race day is run each year in October, with Mr Murray confident they can host spectators this Spring.

“We’re hoping for it be open slather in October, with bookmakers and spectators allowed to attend the day,” he said.

“We’re expecting to go full steam ahead.”

Mr Murray said it’s been important that several country racing clubs have still operated during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Bundaberg has been good at hosting patron free racing, as well as Chinchilla, Gayndah, and Monto,” he said.

“We’re very lucky to have had racing during these difficult times.”

This year’s event will be held on October 3, which will attract keen punters from across the Wide Bay Burnett.

Bridie Emmerton and Hudson Meyer at Eidsvold Races IN 2019. Picture: Alex Treacy
Bridie Emmerton and Hudson Meyer at Eidsvold Races IN 2019. Picture: Alex Treacy

Patrons from as far as Rockhampton, Gympie, and further down south have been known to venture to Eidsvold, according to Mr Murray.

“Hopefully this year’s will be bigger and better than last year, and will give people a chance to let their hair down after what’s been happening,” he said.

Eidsvold Race Club will also be farewelling two long serving members of their committee after more than 20 years helping the club.

Club secretary Lory Murray and treasurer Audrey Doyle will be stepping down for new members to take the reigns at the annual general meeting in September.

For more information, contact Lyle Murray on 0439 216 281.


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