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Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club

Jockeys to clean up at Buchan races

Jockeys taking the reins at the Canni Creek races will now be able to leave the racecourse with that clean feeling thanks to funding announced by the State Government.

Through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, the Government is providing funding of $7050, with the Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club providing the balance of the funds for the $14,100 project including in-kind contributions.
Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull and Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine said Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club will receive a grant to purchase a portable bathroom for jockeys including showering facilities.

“The new bathroom will be a godsend for jockeys as they have previously not had facilities for showering at the race club’s Canni Creek racecourse,” Mr Bull said.
“The funding will also provide for a new tank to be installed to supply water to the bathroom. The club advises that the facility will be available for wider use outside of race days.
“Picnic racing is a fantastic way to enjoy a day out and you won’t get a better day at the races than at Canni Creek.
“Picnic racing clubs such as Buchan and Gelantipy rely on the dedication and hard work of volunteers, so picnic racing grants such as this provide an important boost; giving the clubs improved capacity to undertake critical capital works projects,” Mr Bull said.

Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club secretary, Ian Dunkley said the committee is thrilled to be advised of the grant for the portable bathroom building and water tank.
“This is very important to us to continue to run our annual Canni Creek picnic race meeting (February 16, 2013) at this unique venue some 357 kilometres east of Melbourne,” Mr Dunkley said.
“Showers have become an important priority for the club, especially with an increasing number of female jockeys now riding at our meeting,” he said.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Government is a strong supporter of country racing and is committed to assisting country racing clubs with infrastructure and patron facilities.
“It is important to remember that picnic racing is not just a fantastic event for the many thousands who attend. It is also an important economic contributor to local communities, particularly local motels, cafes and other hospitality and tourism related businesses,” Mr Napthine said.