In The Courier this week

The head of the Strathalbyn Racing Club, Bill Peake, welcomes a $24m State Government cash injection into the racing industry, but hopes more change is to come.

Racing grant could boost prize money

A $24m injection into SA’s racing industry could help reverse the decline in the State’s thoroughbred racing, but the funding needs to be maintained long-term, the head of a local racing club believes.
The State’s three racing disciplines – thoroughbred, harness and greyhound – will share in $8m of State Government funding this year, followed by $4m annually until 2022/23.
Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) is expected to receive about $5.76m of the $8m figure – a cash splash that Strathalbyn Racing Club chairman Bill Peake hopes will boost the industry.
TRSA has not confirmed where the funding will be spent.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Creek test: The MP for Mayo is calling on the State Government to “urgently” test the water in Mt Barker Creek following recent findings of high levels of faecal bacteria.

  • Sign language: A Woodside man believes the South Eastern Freeway’s variable speed limit signs could be faulty and that drivers might be being unfairly fined because of “technical issues”.

  • Young readers: The Matilda Bookshop in Stirling has received more than $1000 in funding from children book publishers Puffin to help establish a program to encourage children and young teenagers to read and engage in discussions about books.

  • Bike trail: The Mt Barker Council is seeking funding to help construct a shared bike and pedestrian trail that will eventually link Mt Barker and Littlehampton.

  • Nairne park: A $250,000 upgrade to a prominent Nairne park is on-track for completion within the next two months.