Ryan throws support behind Kilmore’s synthetic bid
13 November 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has thrown her support behind the Kilmore Racing Club’s push for a new synthetic race track.
Ms Ryan said she understood Racing Victoria planned to fund construction of another synthetic track in Victoria and was shortly due to decide on its location.
It has been estimated that the construction of the track at Kilmore could generate five direct construction jobs and a further 20 ongoing jobs, including nine in Mitchell Shire.
Ms Ryan said it made sense to build one of the tracks at Kilmore to provide an all-weather facility for clubs in the north of the state.
“Kilmore sits within 100 kilometres of five of the state’s top 10 race training centres which makes it a great location for the proposed all-weather racetrack,” Ms Ryan said.
“Local trainers would benefit greatly from having access to an all-weather racing facility at Kilmore. Replacing the existing turf with a synthetic track would mean more horses could be trained at Kilmore, with the club willing to make a significant investment in order to partner with Racing Victoria.
“Kilmore‘s proximity to Melbourne, as well as it’s accessibility to the north of the state via the railway and the Northern and Hume highways should make it a no-brainer for Racing Victoria.
“Instead of being forced to cancel a meeting when weather is poor at major regional tracks like Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Echuca or Seymour, clubs could transfer the meeting to Kilmore.”
Ms Ryan said the economic benefits an all-weather track would bring to Kilmore would be significant.
“A synthetic track would provide a great boost to Kilmore and would benefit the racing fraternity in Melbourne and across the rest of Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
“Several meetings a year are lost from central and northern Victoria to other facilities due to rain and an all-weather track would help prevent this from happening.
“In Mitchell Shire, the equine industry currently brings an estimated $100 million in economic output annually and Kilmore Racing Club is an important generator of wealth for Kilmore and the region.
“The club currently supports 180 jobs which would only increase if the new track is built.
“I am completely behind the push to see the track built in Kilmore and am hopeful Racing Victoria will back the club in its bid,” Ms Ryan said.