The NSW Government has welcomed the return of crowds of up to 5,000 people to regional racecourses and tracks as the state strengthens its commitment to economic recovery.
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation and Minister responsible for Racing Kevin Anderson said racing in NSW has led the way when it comes to operating through COVID-19 and now fans of all three codes can once again make their way trackside for live entertainment.
“The three racing codes should be commended for the way they operated during the COVID pandemic and it is fantastic to see crowds now returning to the track,” Mr Anderson said.
“Racing is the backbone of many regional communities and supported crucial jobs right throughout the pandemic. For many towns, the annual race day is so much more than just a punt with mates, it’s a day out for the family and a chance to see old friends,” he said.
“Race meets also bring very welcome economic stimulus to town and I know many communities are looking forward to welcoming tourist dollars in their tills as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The NSW Government invested record amounts of funding to support the racing industry over the past 12 months, including $67 million to upgrade regional racetracks