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Mounting Up for a New Racing Season

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Approaching the 10 year anniversary of the granting of a new Racing Licence to Latrobe Valley Racing Club, there is a renewed sense of enthusiasm for racing at Glenview Park Traralgon.

Back in 2006, after operating under the banner of Gippsland Racing for a number of years following the demise of the former Traralgon Racing Club, Latrobe Valley Racing Club was the first Racing Licence approved in the State for a period of more than 70 years. Over that 10 years, there have been many challenges confronting the Committee not least of which has been the vagaries of Spring weather, which has seen more than one meeting cancelled or cut short over the journey.

Despite the challenges and often baseless rumours surrounding the Club’s longer term viability, the Committee continues to seek ways to improve the racing experience for Members, Patrons and Participants alike. Although not always immediately obvious, a critical aspect of the Club’s Management is the maintenance of the track to ensure the best possible and safest racing surface. Only last year in March 2015, the Club spent well in excess of $20,000 to renovate the entire track circumference, and with a year of consolidation, it is expected to be in great racing condition for this year’s meetings.

Some issues experienced with the plastic running rail last year have also been resolved, with some design changes strengthening both the footings and uprights in those areas of the course adversely impacted by wind. What patrons and participants will see this season, is the unveiling of an all new Mounting Yard, which is both safer and more user friendly. The majority of funding for the $60,000 plus upgrade has been provided with the generous assistance of the State Government through the Victorian Racing Infrastructure Fund (sourced from unclaimed winning bet tickets) and Racing Victoria/Country Racing Victoria grants.

The residual funding of some $10,000 was contributed by the Club itself. Chairman of LVRC, Peter Walkley said that the Club is very pleased with the final result and views the support received from both the State Government and the Industry as a vote of confidence in the long term future of racing at Glenview Park. Mr Walkley also said he is delighted that, with the exception of the plastic fencing product which was manufactured in Melbourne, the entire project was undertaken by local and Gippsland based contractors, proving yet again the value of the Racing Industry to the local economy. What the Club really needs now is for the wider community to get on board and support our two major event days on this season’s calendar he said. The traditional Ladies Day (Derby Day) meeting will be held on Saturday 29 October 2016 and Traralgon Cup Day on Sunday 27 November 2016. Membership and Sponsorship opportunities are available to suit all requirements, including an outstanding “Advertising Membership” for only $275, which includes 10 Membership Passes, Race Book and LV Express acknowledgment.

Mr Walkley pointed out that another great incentive to become a member of LVRC is free Racecourse Admission and access to the Members Reserve at all other Race Clubs in Gippsland throughout the season (conditions apply). He said it was a great example of the Gippsland Race Clubs working together to enhance our region to the broader audience. Celebrate the Club’s Mounting Yard unveiling on Derby Day and experience the fun of a family friendly day at the Traralgon Races.

Membership and Sponsorship opportunities can be directed through the Club website at www.lvrc.com.au or by phone 1300 139 402.

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