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Qld Govt Gives Another $20m For Race Club Upgrades

Thursday, 21st July 2011

Racing Queensland welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Queensland government of “funding for various infrastructure projects across the state”. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh emphasised: “This money will be used to revamp our race tracks & the money is available now.” RQ chairman Bob Bentley said the announcement “means more than $110 million will be available to fund infrastructure upgrades at Queensland race clubs, particularly in regional & country areas. The Bligh government announcement of another $20 million, on top of the $80 million in redirected wagering tax as well as a provision of the $10 million in compensation for the loss of greyhounds at Parklands , is incredibly welcomed.” The injection of funds means some of Queensland's run-down racecourse facilities could start to be upgraded in a matter of weeks: clubs such as Gold Coast, Beaudesert, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton & some country areas are on the list, but are subject to approval.

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