Government allocates $600,000 to racecourses nationwide to improve safety

Racecourses around the country will be given significant upgrades with the hopes of improving safety thanks to a $600,000 investment from the Government.

Racing Minister Winston Peters announced today $610,649 would be invested across 25 projects from the Racing Safety Development Fund, which provides $1 million annually to racecourse safety.

The funding will help improve a wide range of infrastructure projects including track maintenance equipment, irrigation system installation, replacement running rails and track lighting upgrades.

"The fund plays an important role in supporting the safety of the racing industry for animals, staff and the wider public," the Deputy Prime Minister said in a statement.

"In many areas these facilities are widely used by the community, and not just on race days."

A second round of funding for clubs who missed out will be open for application by clubs in February.

"New Zealand’s racing clubs, and the respective code bodies, are encouraged to apply to the Fund where there are safety improvements that need assistance," Mr Peters said.

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