Residents urged to support Turf Club

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

The Gladstone Turf Club will be forced to close if locals don't show their support.

Gladstone City Councillor Chris Trevor has called for locals to become a member of the turf club to prevent the local institution from closing its gates.

"If we don't have a track in Gladstone the whole industry collapses,'' Cr Trevor said.

Cr Trevor said the cost of the local racing industry falling over would be catastrophic for the region.

"There are owners and trainers out there whose livelihoods depend on it (local racing) and if it closed there would be a loss of jobs locally,'' Cr Trevor said.

Cr Trevor will join with other local racing delegates to meet with the Minister for Racing Robert Schwarten in February. They will discuss the future of local racing.

However before they approach Mr Schwarten, Cr Trevor said it was important the Turf Club had a local base of support.

"There is no point in me as a delegate, or anybody else, meeting with the Minister for racing until the Turf Club has its house in order.''

"You just can't shoot cannonballs out of canoes. If we are going to go to the minister for funding for relocation or upgrading of the current facilities we need membership to back us up.''

Cr Trevor urges locals to show their support for the Turf Club by calling 4972 1493 and becoming a member for $33.



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