WIMMERA racing tracks will be better equipped to provide for crowds with new portable fencing.
The State Government and racing industry split the cost of the $12,000 investment, which will allow Wimmera racing clubs to better configure events.
Wimmera Racing Club manager Penny Penfold said the 100 metres of portable fencing came in 2.6-metre panels.
The money also paid for a custom-built trailer, which will allow the fencing to be shared between racing clubs throughout the region.
Mrs Penfold said it would be used several times during the festive season, including Horsham and District Racing Club Santa Day on December 22, the Nhill Cup on Boxing Day and the Marma Cup on New Year’s Day.
Organisers expect up to 2000 people at the Santa Day.
“It is essential that race clubs have access to reliable and quality portable infrastructure at their country cup meetings and race-day events,” Mrs Penfold said.
She said Wimmera Racing Club was grateful for the government’s support.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said it was vital to foster growth in the racing industry.
“Racing in the Wimmera generates economic benefits to communities and many hundreds of jobs,” he said.
“Racing contributed $729 million to Victoria’s rural and regional economy and employed more than 27,000 people.”
Mr Delahunty also announced funding to six Wimmera sporting groups on Friday.
Wimmera Roller Derby League received a $2790 Country Action grant to establish new clubs in West Wimmera and Northern Grampians shires.
Mr Delahunty announced $500 Victalent grants to Dimboola Hockey Club, Horsham Hockey Club, Yanac Hockey Club and Wimmera Hockey Association to allow their junior players to travel to improve their skills at competitions and training sessions outside the region.
Kaniva-Leeor United Netball Club received two $500 Victalent grants to assist with travel costs for association representative training in Adelaide and near the Victorian-South Australian border.