Murtoa-Marma Racing Club gets new mounting yard, perimeter fencing

MURTOA-MARMA Racing Club is celebrating a $36,000 upgrade to the mounting yard and home-straight perimeter fencing at Murtoa Racecourse.

Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh visited the track on Wednesday to see the finished product, which was completed with State Government funding.

Mr Walsh said the new fencing and horse stalls would provide a safer racing environment.

“The safety of everyone involved in race day activities – jockey, trainers, owners and patrons – is paramount,” he said.

“The project, which also sees the place-getter stalls upgraded, is part of broader beautification works already undertaken by Murtoa-Marma Racing Club.”

Racing director Majella Ballantine said the club was thrilled with the results.

“It brings us in line with Racing Victoria guidelines as far as occupational health and safety for fences,” he said.

“It’s a real showpiece.”

Mrs Ballantine said it was great to see the State Government continue its support of the progressive and hard-working club.

“We got a $35,000 mower and a $90,000 grant for our inside running rail, now this fencing – it leaves the club with very little to do,” she said.

“It’s the most significant spending at Murtoa Racecourse for as long as I can remember.

“It’s particularly significant because it’s a club full of volunteers.

“All of the work done at the track is by unpaid personnel.”

The Coalition Government provided $18,000 for the perimeter fencing and mounting yard upgrades through its Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

Murtoa-Marma Racing Club contributed $15,600 towards the project, along with $2400 of in-kind work.

Mrs Ballantine said the racecourse was in fantastic condition.

The club hosts two meetings a year and is gearing up for the Marma Cup on New Year’s Day.

“The track is in good shape and we’re looking forward to a great day, provided the weather is good,” Mrs Ballantine said.

“Marquee sales are going well and hopefully everyone will come along for a good day out.”

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