Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Giddy up!

Apparently there is a horse race of some significance this week. Funnily enough recent days have seen announcements, or rather re-announcements, of state guvmint funding for country horse racing.

Within the current budgetary austerity somehow horse racing became a priority and what better time to promote that than cup week. The Member of Cairns was proudly re-announcing the contribution for Cannon Park:
Mr Dickson said the $1.96 million dollar project would see the existing turf track completely rebuilt, the installation of a grassed access track suitable for ambulances and a much-needed renovation of the current stable facilities.

“The Newman Government is continuing to deliver on its pledge to rejuvenate the Queensland racing industry and projects like this are just one of the many ways we are rebuilding racing across the state,” Mr Dickson said.

“I am determined to create a sustainable future for Queensland racing, and this regionally focused funding forms a big part of that commitment. “This upgrade will provide a much needed boost to Cairns racing, allowing the club to attract stronger race fields and entice more patrons to the track.”
Not to be outdone as the field approached the starting gates at Flemington the Premier was twittering away on a new race meeting in addition to their current cup day event at Kumbia (population 191)!

Premier Campbell Newman and Racing Minister Steve Dickson today announced Kumbia Race Club (KRC) would receive a second race meeting next year as part of the Sustain Country Series.
Mr Newman said the additional meeting on June 1 was part of his Government’s commitment to rejuvenating country clubs, racing and their communities.

“Country racing is the heart and soul of the industry and we are taking the steps needed to protect and reinvigorate these regional clubs.”
While the amounts are admittedly small I cant help but feel 'picking winners' in what remains a declining industry despite some high profile events, such as Cairns amateurs, is misguided. Never mind, the contract for Cannon Park has been awarded to a local company which is apparently always good irrespective of the price!

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