Investing in harness

28 Mar 2018 Seymour Telegraph, Seymour VIC (General News) An infrastructure investment of more than $100 000 will see Kilmores harness racing track in top condition all year round, according to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes. The Victorian Government is providing more than $50 000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to replace the clubs ageing water truck. The Kilmore Racing Club requires an efficient water truck to ensure its harness racing track at the Kilmore Racing Centre is in optimum condition and complies with industry maintenance standards. The funding will enable the purchase of an updated vehicle and a 15 000 litre fibreglass water tank. A new galvanised mounting base, hydraulics and pump engine spray system will complete the fit-out. Harness Racing Victoria is also contributing more than $50 000 towards the new vehicle. Kilmore Racing Club conducts 28 harness race meetings and 20 trial sessions a year, requiring the track to be regularly maintained for racing and training. The track is currently used by 18 trainers with 58 horses and this level of activity means the track surface needs to be in impeccable condition for the safety of the drivers, horses and the longevity of the track. Kilmore Racing Club president Dr Maxine Brain said upgrading the water truck will ensure the club can comply with industry track standards. Were incredibly grateful to the Victorian Government for its support of this much-needed equipment, which will boost the condition of our track year round, Dr Brain said. Ms Symes said this upgrade is the third major harness racing infrastructure project the Victorian Government has supported in Kilmore since 2014. The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 2240 full-time equivalent jobs locally.Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.