News

Join the Lockyer Race Club

JOIN UP: Lockyer Race Club committee members Gavin Sabburg, vice president Steve Brennan, president Ian Lyne and Maxine Evans are encouraging more people to join the club.
JOIN UP: Lockyer Race Club committee members Gavin Sabburg, vice president Steve Brennan, president Ian Lyne and Maxine Evans are encouraging more people to join the club. Amy Lyne

For years horse racing at Burgess Park has been an institution of the Lockyer Valley.

The Gatton Cup draws large crowds every year and the club supports community groups such as Crime Stoppers and the Gatton Hospital Auxiliary with their annual race days.

But the Lockyer Race Club is facing hard times, with the reality that they may no longer be financially viable if they do not get more support from businesses and the public.

President Ian Lyne said attendance at the race days had decreased over the last couple of years.

"With the introduction of the TAB, there are more weekday meetings and we have lost Saturdays," he said.

In an effort to turn the club around, tommorrow's race day will be free admission, with the first race held at 2.11pm.

Mr Lyne said the club was always looking for new members and now was a great time to join.

Racing Queensland has acknowledged that the club needs assistance and has so far helped by funding upgrades to the club.

"The club has just upgraded the audio-visual system and public address system at the track, which should be a welcome improvement for race goers," Mr Lyne said.

"Another great improvement will be the installation of a plastic running rail on the inside of the track for the entire circumference of the track, this will significantly increase the safety of racing at the track."

He said the club would be holding 10 race meetings in the 2014-2015 race season, including seven TAB meetings.

"The club hopes the local community will take advantage of the increased number of TAB meetings and the improvements being undertaken at the track by attending race meetings, holding their social functions at the races and sponsoring races to get Australia-wide coverage for their businesses," he said.

The club is currently searching for a secretary and groundsperson to come on board, as well as volunteers to work before and after race meetings and on race days.

Anyone interested can email lockyerraceclub@ bigpond.com or contact Maxine Evans on 0412 787 620.

 

Lockyer Race Club Meetings

Thursday, October 30 - FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, November 22 - Gatton Hospital Auxiliary Race Day

Tuesday, January 20

Friday, February 6

Thursday, March 19

Saturday, April 18

Thursday, May 21

Sunday, June 7

Topics:  burgess park, gatton, horse racing, lockyer race club


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

BOM predicts potential above average rainfall for Lockyer Valley

The weather forecast for the Lockyer Valley.

More rain than usual for region revealed in Bom outlook.

Safety improvements for road black spot

News

Road works are scheduled to upgrade a dangerous stretch of road.

Charges to be laid for $2m Gatton grow houses

Police dismantled an elaborate, hydroponic set-up at a grow house on Falconer St, Gatton, following raids on Tuesday, August 23.

Three persons will be charged in relation to Gatton cannabis raids.

Local Partners

Thornton braces for off-road racing action

The final round of the CAMS Off-Road Championship will be held in Thornton.

Gat ready for Laidley's first Small Farming Expo

RURAL COMES FIRST: Expo co-ordinator Margo Hayes is an experienced Vitulus Lowline and Ozline breeder.

Get ready for the 2016 Small Farming Expo.

BOM predicts potential above average rainfall for Lockyer Valley

The weather forecast for the Lockyer Valley.

More rain than usual for region revealed in Bom outlook.

Safety improvements for road black spot

News

Road works are scheduled to upgrade a dangerous stretch of road.

Charges to be laid for $2m Gatton grow houses

Police dismantled an elaborate, hydroponic set-up at a grow house on Falconer St, Gatton, following raids on Tuesday, August 23.

Three persons will be charged in relation to Gatton cannabis raids.

New shed dedicated to late mayor Steve Jones

Under the watchful eye of Clive Barton (right) The late LVRC Mayor Steve Jones tried his hand at operating a wood lathe in the Lockyer Valley Community Activities Shed.

The late Steve Jones to be honoured by the Lockyer Valley community.

Trucks, tractors take to the Gatton showgrounds

Patrons inspect one of the many tractors on display at the Historic Commercial Vehicle show.

Historic trucks and tractors on display in Gatton.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state