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Emergency Services Race Day

The Ballan Jockey Club is making the Ballan Cup a special day for hundreds of emergency services personnel who will receive free entry to the meeting on Saturday 10 November at the Geelong Racecourse.

Member for Western Victoria David Koch and Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine said up to 250 local fire, police, ambulance and SES personnel will be recognised by the club for the vital role they play in the community.

The Coalition Government and the Ballan Jockey Club have joined forces to look after these vital community volunteers and workers by providing:

- free transport from four local fire stations – Blackwood, Ballarat, Ballan, Meredith;

free racecourse admission;

complimentary racebooks; and

food and drink served in the St Albans Room.

 “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Ballan Jockey Club and what better way to celebrate than to recognise the vital role of emergency services personnel in the region.

 “This is a way that the enormous contribution of these personnel can be recognised whilst enjoying a great day out at the races.

 “Those expected to attend will come from areas including Bacchus March, Ballan, Blackwood and Daylesford as well as the Greater Geelong area”, Mr Koch said.

 The Ballan racecourse closed in 1969 when, after 107 years of racing, the Ballan Jockey Club moved its races to the Dowling Forest track at Ballarat.  In 2001, the club relocated to Geelong.

 Ballan Jockey Club President Tim Carey said that people in regional areas such as these rely heavily on emergency services personnel, many of whom are volunteers.

 “The Victorian Government grant gives us a unique opportunity both to provide a relaxing Spring racing day out for emergency service workers, and to say thanks for their tireless efforts,” Mr Koch said.

 The Victorian Coalition Government’s Raceday Attraction Program has provided $9,250 with the Ballan Jockey Club providing $6,200 for the day.

 Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government’s share of the funding is from the Raceday Attraction Program, derived from on-course wagering taxes.

 “This program is squarely focused on increasing attendances at the state’s racetracks and helping to build the economic benefits and jobs from a stronger racing industry,” Dr Napthine said.

To reserve your seat please call Liz Turner Monday on 52402700 and enjoy your day. 

Last Updated: 10 November 2012