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A fine racing season

STONY Creek Racecourse proved once again that it epitomises country racing after another tremendous season.
Around 7000 people attended the five race days over the 2015/16 season, attracting tourists to the region and benefitting local businesses in the process.
Club president Paul O’Sullivan highlighted the integral role of the organisation within South Gippsland in his speech following the recent end of season dinner.
“It is a non-profit organisation whose race days are run to be community events, the majority of which are strongly focussed on providing family and children’s entertainment,” he said.
“The Club is indebted to the hard work of our chief executive officer Sarah Wolf, and track manager, Cindy Logan. Both were new to their roles this year and managed race days to run smoothly, with many favourable remarks being made about the racing surface. There are also many other locals that work on race days, for which we are most grateful.”
Much of the club’s funding comes from Country Racing Victoria, and most of this money is distributed back through the community in its business dealings.
“Race days provide work and fundraising opportunities for local sporting clubs, which were paid over $16000 for their efforts this year. The new initiative of the Publicans’ Day proved a great success, with $650 being raised and donated to the Foster SES,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“The Club was delighted by the level of support from many local businesses in sponsoring races through the year, and most appreciative of their generosity.” The hosts of this year’s dinner, The Meeniyan Hotel, sponsored a race on each day of the five days racing calendar.
The club hosted five meets between December and March which were well attended by both locals and visitors to the area.
Cup Day on the long weekend of March was the highlight with over 2200 people on course for a fantastic carnival atmosphere.
During the offseason the committee will be running monthly working bees, a strategic planning workshop in July, and the Club’s AGM on Tuesday, October 4. It looks forward to seeing as many people as possible on its next race day on Tuesday, December 27.
Any Club enquiries can be made to Sarah Wolf on 5664 0099.

Terrific track: Cindy Logan, track manager at Stony Creek Racing Club, works hard to prepare the track for race day.

Terrific track: Cindy Logan, track manager at Stony Creek Racing Club, works hard to prepare the track for race day.

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