SAFETY REASONS: The Monto Race Club have received a grant to replace their photo finish tower at their racecourse. Picture: Monto Race Club
SAFETY REASONS: The Monto Race Club have received a grant to replace their photo finish tower at their racecourse. Picture: Monto Race Club

Historical Burnett race club building to be replaced

MONTO'S racecourse is set for a generous facelift with the introduction of a new photo finish tower.

Racing Queensland (RQ) has organised and funded a new tower for the North Burnett club through the Country Racing Grants Program.

Monto Race Club secretary Kerri Williams said the original tower was built in 1978 by Merv Persal, with a combined effort from Bill Schluter, and his blitz army crane. 

"The spotted gum poles came from the Hutton family property Coominglah, and Torrens and James Mulgildie Sawmill donated the preserving chemical process for the poles," she said. 

"Numerous people donated money towards this tower, and an honour board is displayed each race day with their names."

The tower was then officially opened in May 1979 by former Minister for Racing Russ Hinze. 

The new tower was funded entirely by Racing Queensland, with them undertaking all aspects of the construction and installation of the tower, which began on August 19. 

The contractors will commence the erection of the new tower in coming weeks once the concrete is cured. 

The former photo finish box will be restored, and will be a part of the club in the future. 

"There's already been four towers replaced in the area such as Burrandowan race club, and other different clubs have been chosen by RQ," she said.

"We thank them sincerely for their support to the club."

The Monto Race Club’s former photo finish tower. Picture: Monto Race Club
The Monto Race Club’s former photo finish tower. Picture: Monto Race Club

Their annual race day ran with no patrons this year due to previous coronavirus restrictions.

Traditionally held in March every year, the race club will have to wait until 2021 to field keen punters for a day out on the course.

The next North Burnett race day is slated for October 3, with the Eidsvold Race Club selling out of general admission tickets in a matter of days.


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