New Zealand racecourses will benefit to the tune of $618,421 this year from the Racing Safety Development Fund, Racing Minister Nathan Guy announced on Monday.
The funds will be invested in 26 projects. The Racing Safety Development Fund provides $1 million annually to racecourse safety and development across two funding rounds.
“This year’s first funding round has supported a wide range of infrastructure projects including track irrigation, new starting gates, toilet facilities, and greyhound track rollers,” Guy said.
“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.”
The biggest single grants, of $50,000 each, went to the Auckland, Taranaki and Otago clubs for track irrigation, and to Bay of Plenty for plastic running rails, and Rotorua for roof replacement.
Just under $168,000 went to South Island club projects.
The second funding round of the 2015/16 racing year opens for applications on February 2, 2016 and closes on March 31.
“I encourage New Zealand’s racing clubs, and the respective code bodies, to apply to the Fund where there is the potential for important safety improvements.”