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The Victorian Government is investing over $100,000 to upgrade the Werribee Racing Club to provide a sustainable water supply with a new bore and licence to pump water from Werribee River.

The Victorian Government has announced a further Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) investment of more than $148,000 into the Werribee Water Sustainability project, with the club chipping in more than $44,000 and more than $104,000 from Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.

Currently, the Club buys thousands of litres of potable water to maintain the racecourse surface to a standard that is safe for officials, jockeys, and horses. 

The project will allow for 150,000L a day, a new bore, and a licence to pump water from the nearby Werribee River.

This will give the club ample water to keep the track in good condition year-round and reduce costs. 

The project has created five new jobs during construction, and is expected to be completed later in 2022.

Victorian Minister for Racing, Anthony Carbines, said, “Our investment will help ensure race meetings at Werribee operate smoothly with modern infrastructure for industry participants, as well as a safe, consistent racing surface and significant cost savings in the long run.”

Since December 2014, the Victorian Government has invested more than $1.82 million to support racing infrastructure projects at Werribee Racing Club.

The thoroughbred racing industry generates $3.43 billion for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 25,700 jobs.

Werribee Racing Club Chair, Robert Jarvis, said, “These are two much needed projects that ensure that Werribee Racing Club has the facilities to continue operations. We thank the Victorian Government for its support.”

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