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The Queensland Government’s commitment to support country racing through $70.4 million in funding over four years, recognised the social and economic benefits of country racing for regional communities, as well as country racing’s role in the racing industry. The funding incorporates and extends the commitment of the former Country Racing Support Program, which commenced in 2016–17.

The Country Racing Program will enable Racing Queensland to maintain non-TAB thoroughbred racing in Queensland at current levels. The funding includes $17.6 million per year for four years, commencing in 2017–18.

The funding comprises:

  • $15 million per year to support prize money (including the Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme), clubs, jockey riding fees, superannuation and WorkCover expenses and club meeting payments to support Country Racing meets; and
  • $2.6 million per year for non-TAB racing club infrastructure repairs and maintenance and asset replenishment/replacement as assessed on an as needs basis by Racing Queensland.