Mildura will enjoy a huge night of football-themed harness racing to finish off the year thanks to an Andrews Labor Government-supported funding package worth almost $34,000.
The Labor Government is providing more than $14,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program to support Mildura’s State of Origin race night on Friday 28 December.
The night will celebrate the traditional football rivalry between Victoria and South Australia and will feature a five-race ‘State of Origin’ series with drivers representing their state for honours.
The family-friendly evening will feature an array of fun activities for children, including a football clinic hosted by professional AFL players and an AFL-themed face painter and balloon artist.
Kids will also have the chance to participate in a handball competition featuring a $250 prize in each age category.
On the track, four regional AFL teams will have the chance to compete in a special double-seater sulky race up the home straight. Each team will be coached by a former AFL player – Victoria’s Dale Weightman and Terry Wallace, and South Australia’s Greg Anderson and Graham Cornes – as they compete for the $1000 first prize.
Mildura Harness Racing Club is contributing almost $17,000 towards the event, while local businesses are providing almost $3000 of in-kind support.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided almost $320,000 to support six infrastructure projects and four harness racing events in Mildura.
The racing industry in the Mallee region generates more than $58 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 570 full-time jobs.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“This promises to be a fun, family-orientated event that will appeal to fans of both harness racing and AFL.”
“We’re proud to support events like this – they provide great entertainment value for families, and provide jobs and other economic benefits for regional areas.”
Quotes attributable to Mildura Harness Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Tim Scala
“We’d like to say a big thanks to the Victorian Government for its support for harness racing in Mildura.”
“We invite everyone to come down to the track on our State of Origin race night to celebrate the holiday season.”