The multi-million dollar Peel racing season kicked off today with hundreds of racegoers expected to attend the Pinjarra Race Club opening event sponsored by Alcoa Australia.
The start of the racing season marked an exciting and busy time in the Peel region with thousands of local residents actively involved in Peel’s racing industry.
Following the launch in September of a State wide economic and social impact report by Racing and Wagering WA, Pinjarra Race Club Chairman Phil Ibbotson today announced a regional snapshot for Peel - highlighting the local racing industry’s significant contribution to both the local and State economies.
Mr Ibbotson stated that racing in the Peel region injected more than $77 million into Western Australian economy, which is equal to 13 per cent of the industry’s State wide total.
“As proof of Peel’s love of racing, one in every 22 people is involved in the industry across the three codes of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing in the towns of Pinjarra and Mandurah,” he said. “And more than 100,500 racegoers attend the 216 race meetings held in the Peel region every year,” he said.
The snapshot revealed that nearly 4,000 people participate in racing, involved in the breeding, training or owning of racing animals or as one of the many volunteers that make race days in the Peel region such great events.
“Many people just don’t realise just how important racing is in providing employment opportunities for the local community” Mr Ibbotson said “The three racing clubs in our region employ an equivalent of 910 full-time staff ranging from breeders and trainers to stable hands and club staff,” he said.
In addition to employment, the industry also generates local spend of $4.8 million in the region as a result of attending the races (excluding wagering) on items such as retail, transport, tourism and beverages to take to the track.