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@ 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

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