The Monto Race Club is one of a string of North Burnett horse racing clubs to have secured funding in the State Budget.
The Monto Race Club is one of a string of North Burnett horse racing clubs to have secured funding in the State Budget. DAN PELED

Monto Race Club scores with State Budget surprise

HORSE RACING: Monto Race Club will have extra reason to celebrate when racing returns to the track on Saturday after it was revealed earlier this week that North Burnett race clubs will share more than $180,000 in funding.

The State Government is set to inject $697,000 into Queensland racing organisations as part of the State Budget announced on Tuesday.

The Monto Race Club is set to receive $106,666, the Eidsvold Club will receive $15,500, Gayndah Jockey Club $60,400 and Mount Perry Race Club $400.

Monto Race Club secretary Kerri Williams said he was astounded by the announcement given they had received no prior notification from the government.

"I put a race application in March but I can't say when it will start until we hear from them,” he said.

"Our main thing is replacing the tie-up stalls. The current buildings are old and too close to the creek which has been eroding from the floods.

"We also want another shade structure for storage, though that wasn't listed, as well as a new tower for stewards, which I expect will be the biggest.”

The funding amount for the Monto club is the third largest amount allocated, with the club behind only Kingaroy and Bundaberg.


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