The Wheatbelt region’s racing season kicked off today with more than 2,500 racegoers expected to attend the running of the well-known XXXX Gold Northam Cup.
President of the Northam Race Club, Tony Marwick said the start of the Wheatbelt’s racing season marked an exciting and busy time in the region with local residents the most actively involved in the racing industry of any region in the State.
“With more than 3,500 people participating in the Wheatbelt racing industry either as an employee, volunteer or participant (such as a breeder or trainer), it’s estimated that one in every 16 adults in the region has an involvement in racing,” Mr Marwick said.
“Racing in the Wheatbelt is more than a sport; it’s an industry and it really is the people who make racing come alive.
“There are 12 racing clubs in our region employing the equivalent of 433 people full-time; not to mention there being more than 2,200 thoroughbred owners live in the Wheatbelt.
Following the release of a State wide report launched by Racing and Wagering WA last month, Mr Marwick today announced the Wheatbelt’s regional snapshot document, highlighting the local racing industry’s significant contribution to both the local and State economies.
The snapshot revealed the racing industry as a whole continues to grow and last year some 58,200 people attended one of the 124 race meetings in the Wheatbelt alone, spending nearly $2.5 million, excluding wagering, as a result.
“In our region, for every $1.00 spent at the racecourse another $2.06 is spent in the local community on things like clothing, transportation, food and drinks to take to the races; the knock-on effect sees another $5,150,000 in local expenditure,” Mr Marwick said.
Download the WA Racing Industry’s Economic & Social Impact Highlights Report here
Download the WA Racing Industry’s Wheatbelt Regional Snapshot Report here
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The Northam Race Club was established in 1863 and its home, the Northam Racecourse, is one of WA's premier winter racecourse's. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley, Northam is just an hour's drive from Perth along the Great Eastern Highway.
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