Funding Boost For Ararat Turf Club

Ararat Turf Club will receive a boost to its facilities worth almost $30,000 thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Ararat Turf ClubThe government is providing more than $12,300 towards the cost of new perimeter fencing and a further $2200 to update the public amenities, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

Racing Victoria is also providing almost $11,000 towards the upgrades, with the club contributing more than $3500.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula announced the funding today during a visit to the Ararat Turf Club.

The fencing will improve safety for horses and the public, with the chain-mesh fence preventing runaway horses from escaping onto nearby roads.

Work on installing the almost two-metre high fence around the existing horse float car park will begin next week.

The Ararat Turf Club is hosting seven race meetings this season, with its two feature races including the Willaura Cup and the Ararat Gold Cup.

The racing industry in the Western District generates more than $100 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 980 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.

Ararat is a city in south-west Victoria, about 198 kilometres west of Melbourne, on the Western Highway on the eastern slopes of the Ararat Hills and Cemetery Creek valley between Victoria’s Western District and the Wimmera. Its urban population according to the Council’s Website is 8,076 and services the region of 11,752 residents across the Rural City’s boundaries.

Prior to the European settlement of Australia, the area was inhabited by the Tjapwurong Indigenous Australian people.

Europeans first settled in the Grampians region in the 1840s after surveyor Thomas Mitchell passed through the area in 1836. In 1841, Horatio Wills, on his way to selecting country further south, wrote in his diary, “like the Ark we rested” and named a nearby hill Mt Ararat. It is from this entry and the nearby Mount that the town takes its name.

In 1857, a party of Chinese miners en route to the Central Victorian gold fields struck gold at the Canton Lead which marked the beginning of great growth in the town.

The Ararat Turf Club has two feature race days: the Ararat Gold Cup, on the second Sunday in November, and the Willaura Cup, on the last weekend in April.

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