Warrnambool Racing Club gets May Carnival upgrade

The Warrnambool Racing Club is set to entertain even more racing enthusiasts with the Victorian Government announcing funding towards the Matilda Room extension project.

The Victorian Government will provide $300,000 to ensure the project can start immediately following 2019’s May Carnival, with works planned to be completed in time for the famous three days at Warrnambool in 2020.

The $4.9 million Matilda Room extension is expected to generate significant benefits in the wider Warrnambool region with an economic impact of $9.2 million through construction, resulting in the creation of 28 full-time jobs.

The Matilda Room works will include upgrades to the kitchen, bar, viewing deck and other amenities as well as the addition of a ground-floor cafeteria and presentation bar. These upgrades will provide additional capacity on feature race days and enable the club to better accommodate large regional events.

In 2018, more than 31,696 people attended the Warrnambool May Carnival with more than 69 per cent travelling from outside the region. This created a $14.7 million boost to the economy – up 20 per cent on the previous year.

The Government is also providing $25,000 for Warrnambool’s Jericho Cup meeting, now in its second year. To be held on 1 December 2019, the Jericho Cup honours the stories of the Australian Light Horse and will feature marching bands and memorabilia.

Racegoers will be able to take advantage of complimentary shuttle bus services to the racecourse from major regional centres including Ballarat, Camperdown, Geelong, Hamilton, Lismore, Mortlake, Mt Gambier, Portland, Terang, Timboon and Warrnambool City.

Since 2014, the Government has approved more than $1.4 million to support race days and 13 infrastructure projects at the Warrnambool Racing Club.

Source: Vic Government