Monday, 14 August, 2017

Traralgon racegoers and the local community will benefit from a $263,000 funding boost for infrastructure upgrades and race day attractions at Glenview Park.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the Andrews Labor Government is providing more than $93,000 towards the upgrades through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

Glenview Park is home to both the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club (TGRC) and Latrobe Valley Racing Club (LVRC).

The upgrades will include the construction of a new outdoor entertainment space, including a children’s playground, shade sails, lawn area and seating for families.

A new multi-purpose shed is also being constructed to enable Glenview Park to host more community-based events, and work to repair and replace damaged asphalt and construct a new drain is also in progress to ensure the club’s facilities are maintained to a high standard.

In addition to the infrastructure upgrades, the funding package will also support a three-day food truck carnival with free entry from Friday, 3 November to Sunday, 4 November.

The carnival will coincide with the LVRC’s first race meeting of the season on Saturday, 4 November. The three-day event will feature delicious culinary options from 16 food trucks as well as entertainment by roving performers and a 14-piece country and western band.

Latrobe Valley Authority is contributing almost $65,000 towards the new shed and maintenance works, and the LVRC is providing almost $11,000. The projects are expected to be completed by the end of September.

The LVRC is also backing the food truck carnival with a $45,000 funding allocation.

The TGRC and Greyhound Racing Victoria are jointly contributing $50,000 towards the outdoor entertainment area, which is expected to be finished by the end of October and will provide a space for families to gather.

Since 2014, the Government has provided almost $190,000 to support infrastructure and raceday attractions for both LVRC and TGRC at Glenview Park.

The racing industry in the Gippsland region generates more than $59 million annually for the Victorian economy and helps to sustain more than 590 full-time equivalent jobs.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MLC

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be supporting these upgrades to Glenview Park. It’s great news for the local community and great news for jobs.”

“This boost will ensure the venue continues to attract race meetings and community events in the Latrobe Valley.”

“The upcoming food truck festival will be a great event for the local community and visitors to our region.”

Quotes attributable to Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club Manager Steve Clarke

“We’re grateful for the support the Victorian Government has provided for our new outdoor entertainment area, which will be a great space for community events and provide a safe place for kids to play.”

Quotes attributable to Latrobe Valley Racing Club President Peter Walkley

“We’re excited for the start of the racing season, and the Victorian Government’s support will help ensure our food truck festival is a success and that our facilities are in top shape.”