The Great Southern region’s racing season kicked off today with more than 450 racegoers expected to attend the Albany Racing Club season opening.
President of the Albany Racing Club, Annette Crump, said the start of the Great Southern racing season marked an exciting and busy time in the region with many residents actively involved in the local racing industry.
Following the launch in September of a State wide report by Racing and Wagering WA, Ms Crump today launched the Great Southern’s regional snapshot on the behalf of the 5 racing clubs in the region. The report highlights the local racing industry’s significant contribution to both the local and State economies.
Ms Crump said this new research revealed that one in 23 adults in the Great Southern is involved in the racing industry.
“This makes racing more than just a sport – it is a regional industry,” she said.
“The Great Southern is one of the most significant breeding areas in the state, with 248 breeders. And with 324 racehorse owners – it’s clear that we in the Great Southern love our racing”.
“The report also found that nearly 1,300 people participate in our local racing industry either as an employee, volunteer, breeder or trainer.
The snapshot revealed Western Australia’s racing industry, worth more than half a billion dollars, continues to grow with attendances to race meets across the Great Southern highlighting more than 17,700 people attended one of the 29 race meetings in the region last year, with a spend of almost $1.4 million, excluding wagering.
Ms Crump said a significant amount of spend related to racing went back into the community.
“In our region, nearly every dollar spent at the racecourse is matched in spend in the local community, whether it be in retail, transportation, or consumables. This knock-on effect sees another $1,330,000 in local expenditure,” she said.