BRIGHT FUTURE: Chinchilla Race Club president Don Critch and secretary Kirty Mitchell.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Chinchilla Race Club president Don Critch and secretary Kirty Mitchell. Brooke Duncan

Race club picking up the pace

CHINCHILLA Race Club is picking up the pace after securing almost $220,000 of State Government funding for infrastructure upgrades.

But according to club president Don Critch, the grant is just the beginning of the new committee's vision for the site - including the potential to become a TAB club.

To get there he said there's a "lot that needs to be updated” and pointed to the tireless efforts of vice president Wally Gleeson and secretary Kirty Mitchell who've been busy applying for grants - including the one that secured this first $219,000. Their vision includes relocating the race caller spot, updating the original towers and tie up stalls, revamping the kitchen and redoing the irrigation system. With a government that seems to be quite proactive in investing in regional racing, Mr Critch said it's just a matter of consistently applying for funding.

"We're all a new committee and it's a feather in the cap, everyone's been working very hard,” Mr Critch said.

To start to see the fruits of their labour has been nothing short of uplifting.

"We're all busy, everyone's a volunteer, and to get reward for a bit of the work that we've done over the last 12 months is fantastic, so we're very excited.”


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