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Big boost for harness racing

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August 04, 2017

Cobram Harness Racing members gather with dignitaries at the new stables in Cobram.

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula with Cobram Harness Racing Club President Charles Ewart.

Cobram and District Harness Racing Club is building its reputation as a top regional racing venue with a new head-on camera tower and on-course stabling complex, thanks to almost $69000 in funding.

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula last Thursday unveiled the new on-course stables, which feature three complexes of two stables and day yards accommodating six horses.

Construction of the new facility was completed last month and will allow the club to attract more trainers, establishing the Cobram Recreation Reserve as an ideal local training facility.

The Victorian Government has contributed more than $19000 towards the stables and another $15000 for a new head-on camera tower.

The camera tower is expected to be completed by the end of October and will help stewards in the process of deliberating on driver suspensions or protest hearings, making it easier to pick up movement in the highly competitive home straight.

Cobram is one of nine harness racing venues across the state to receive funding for camera towers as part of a project that will see head-on coverage available at 96 per cent of all Victorian harness racing venues.

Harness Racing Victoria has provided almost $25000 towards the projects, with the club contributing almost $10000 towards the on-course stabling.

Since 2014, the government has provided almost $55000 to support key infrastructure projects and race day attractions at Cobram Recreation Reserve, including the past two Cobram Pacing Cups.

The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 2240 full time equivalent jobs locally.

Cobram Harness Racing Club president Charles Ewart said it was a great day for the club.

‘‘It’s good to have the minister to come up and check out our stables, because they funded them and Harness Racing Victoria funded a third and Cobram Harness funded the other,’’ Mr Ewart said.

‘‘The new tower will be very good for the club and good for the whole area.

‘‘It’s been a great day with a lot of guests here, it’s worked out good for the whole club and everybody else.

‘‘The club has a bright future and our next race meeting is on Sunday, August 13.’’

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