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Birdsville To Be Televised Nationwide
Queensland's iconic Birdsville Cup carnival (August 31-September 1) will be telecast Australia-wide for the first time this year, with half of the wagering proceeds generated going to the Drought Appeal, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said 136 years on from the first Birdsville race meeting, telecasting and betting technology will transform the Outback event. "Racing Queensland has finalised a deal for Sky Racing to telecast the entire race cards from Birdsville's world famous two-day meeting," he said. "Racing Queensland will donate half of its net wagering revenue from Birdsville to the Drought Appeal, delivering much-needed funds for struggling Queensland farmers." Each year up to 7,000 local, interstate and international visitors descend on Birdsville for the tiny town's race meeting and to have a true Outback Queensland experience. Mr Hinchliffe said the broadcast deal had been made possible by the Palaszczuk Government's four-year $70 million Country Racing Support Package.