Racecourse safety gets $600k investment

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The Government has announced more than $600,000 will be invested into safety projects at racecourses throughout the country.

Racing Minister Rt. Hon Winston Peters announced a $610,649 investment which will go towards 25 projects.

The grants are made available from the Racing Safety Development Fund which provides $1 million annually to racecourse safety across two funding rounds.

This year’s first funding round has supported a range of infrastructure projects including track maintenance equipment, irrigation system installation, replacement running rails and track lighting upgrades.

The fund plays an important role in supporting the safety of the racing industry for animals, staff and the wider public.

In many areas these facilities are widely used by the community, and not just on race days.

New Zealand’s racing clubs, and the respective code bodies, are encouraged to apply to the Fund where there are safety improvements that need assistance.

The next funding round opens for applications on February 14 and closes on March 31.


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