Chinchilla Race Club president Terry Stewart.
Chinchilla Race Club president Terry Stewart. Matthew Newton

Chinchilla Race Club 'crying out for help' as numbers drop

AFTER decades of operation, the Chinchilla Race Club is "crying out for help”.

Long considered an institution in the Chinchilla community, Club president Terry Stewart said it's running low on people who are willing to lend a helping hand to keep it running smoothly.

"I think it's just the lifestyle that everyone leads now,” Mr Stewart said.

"Another thing is that the Race Club, we don't have - like the football club has - a lot of people involved through the teams and they all help out, whereas... we just have a committee.”

Mr Stewart said the club will hold a short AGM on Friday night at the Club Hotel, and welcomed anyone interested in getting involved to attend.

"There'll be a few beers afterwards,” he said.

"I know it's hard these days, and the race club's probably not looking for committee people as such, but we need to look at ways to think outside the square.

"I think it's about time that we found some new blood as president, you sort of get stale after a while.”

Mr Stewart said it was particularly important for the community to support the club, which in turn runs some of the town's biggest events.

"The Chinchilla Cup's probably one of the biggest events, if not the biggest event in town, besides the melon festival of course,” he said.

"And the club's used for all sorts of things, not just racing, its part of the Chinchilla community and part of the culture in the town.

"The Chinchilla Race club is an institution in Chinchilla, it's been part of the community for 80-odd years.”

The AGM will be held on Friday night from 6pm at the Club Hotel.

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