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Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club

Awards lead to Canni Creek


Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club recently won the 2015/16 Neville and Bev Seymour Picnic Club of the Year Award for clubs that hold one meeting a year.

The award is recognition for the hard work and creativity of the Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club who delivered a family friendly race day. The award is evaluated based on a set criteria which covers items such as: marketing initiatives, community engagement, race day delivery, attendance, membership growth, oncourse improvements and the like against previous seasons and the performance of other Victoria picnic clubs who hold one meeting a year.

The club delivered a great day which covered the entire family, there was plenty of entertainment and activities, foot races, jumping castles, farm animals, food stalls, fashions on the field, live music, prize giveaways, punters club, off the bench marquee, beverage and food stalls, bookmakers, plus six local races. The day attracted a record crowd for recent times with 1210 people turning out to support the day, which was held at the Canni Creek racecourse.

The racecourse is situated within the picturesque hills of Buchan and its annual race meeting is a great trigger for people from far and wide to gather their family and friends and head out for a relaxed fun day of country racing.

In addition to the social aspect, the Canni Creek races also play a valuable role in the local community as the club donates a large portion of the revenue it generates to local charities such as the Buchan Bush Nursing Centre, the Gelantipy Nursing Centre, the- Buchan South Avenue of Honour and other local services which it has been doing so over the club’s 129-year history.

“If you haven’t been to the Canni Creek Races, it’s well worth the visit, their next race meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2017,” racing club manager, Ian Dunkley, said.

“The club is excited to have won the award and it’s good recognition for all the time and effort put in to delivering a successful day from the Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club committee who are all volunteers, friends of the club who volunteer their time, the local community who provide sponsorship support and the strong relationship that has developed between all the racing clubs within East Gippsland Racing Clubs (Bairnsdale Racing Club, Omeo and District Racing Club, Tambo Valley Racing Club) who are working together to grow our race days and deliver a great day out.”