Twenty-two projects to improve safety at New Zealand racecourses will be receiving grants totalling more than $500,000 from the Racing Safety Development Fund.
The fund offers $1 million a year for projects that improve on-course health and safety, with matching dollar-for-dollar contributions from racing clubs.
“This year’s second funding round has supported a wide range of infrastructure projects including power supply upgrades, replacement greyhound kennels and parade ring fencing,” Minister for Racing Nathan Guy said.
“All of these projects will help build a safer industry for everyone involved, from the animals and jockeys through to spectators and customers.
“It’s become clear that there is a lot of deferred safety and capital maintenance work that racing clubs are now finally addressing, with the help of this fund.”
The projects all upgrade the standard of facilities at racing venues.
Application forms for the next funding round will be sent to all racing clubs by August 1. Applications for this round will close on September 30.