Tweed River Jockey Club preparing for the future.

Nov 18, 2016

General Manager of the Tweed River Jockey Club, Brian Charman, is looking at the bright future of racing at Murwillumbah with continued opportunities within Racing NSW falling favourably for the picturesque little track.

The General Manager was referring to the hard work NSW Racing had attended to in recent years to achieve the introduction of Tax Parity to the industry. The first opportunity to arrive on the back of the introduction of the tax parity is the increase of prizemoney on race days. Racing at Murwillumbah has never been so financial with Prizemoney set to increase from the 1st July 2016 to $20,000 per race, an increase of $5,000 from the previous $15,000 in prizemoney per race on a race day program last race season. This is a significant increase in prizemoney that will support and strengthen the industry, particularly racing in Murwillumbah being so close to the Queensland border. It is great for our local and Northern Rivers owners and trainers who have continued to support the industry over many years to now be racing for some significant prizemoney, in line and in some cases higher then equivalent racing in Southern Queensland.

In addition to this Brian Charman was excited to announce Racing NSW has generated 27 new green keeping positions in the racing industry at locations right around the state, including the Tweed River Jockey Club, to ensure the ongoing production of qualified racecourse curators. The creation of the position, “Apprentice Sports Turf Management/Greenkeeper” offers a fantastic opportunity for a person passionate about turf management and green keeping.

Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys AM, said “We are aiming to develop future racecourse curators and managers to sustain our skill base in this important area. We must thank the NSW Government and in particular, Deputy Premier & Racing Minister, The Hon. Troy Grant, for the decision to introduce Tax Parity as this is where the funds to create these jobs emanated. With support from the Minister, Racing NSW is committed to wise use of the funding which includes this important employment strategy in regional areas.”

Brian Charman went on to say that the initiatives work hand in hand. As the Tweed River Jockey Club prepares for some terrific racing on the back of the prizemoney increases for the 2016/2017 racing season we will be strongly supported by Racing NSW ensuring that we continue to provide and improve our racing surfaces through the training and upskilling of staff. The timing is perfect, one of our team is engaged in a Certificate 3 in racing services track maintenance through the Australian Racing Academy and to have the access to the employment of an Apprentice is a fantastic opportunity. The position title will be Apprentice Sports Turf Management/Greenkeeper, Certificate 3, four year apprenticeship and is being offered to clubs like Grafton on the Northern Rivers, Wagga Wagga in the Southern part of NSW and Metropolitan clubs including Newcastle, Gosford, Hawkesbury and Kembla Grange.