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The Queensland Government’s commitment to support country racing through $70.4 million in funding over four years, recognised the social and economic benefits of country racing for regional communities, as well as country racing’s role in the racing industry.

The Country Racing Program enables Racing Queensland to maintain non-TAB thoroughbred racing in Queensland at current levels and includes $17.6 million per year for four years, which commenced in 2017–18.

The funding comprises:

  • $15 million per year to support prize money (including the Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme), clubs, jockey riding fees, superannuation and WorkCover expenses and club meeting payments to support Country Racing meets; and
  • $2.6 million per year for non-TAB racing club infrastructure repairs and maintenance and asset replenishment/replacement as assessed on an as needs basis by Racing Queensland.