Club prepares for October races
THE Eidsvold Races may still be three months away, but that hasn't stopped organisers from kicking into preparations early.
Annie Connolly, the promotions officer of the Eidsvold Race Club, says the club is working hard to ensure the course is in tip-top shape for the October long weekend.
"We have a few things going on at the moment, one of which is getting a new men's toilet block built out at the track,” she said.
Connolly said work on the new toilet block was advancing well, with funds for the works having been provided by a grant.
"We have knocked down the old one, and between now and October the new one will be erected by Possco Builders, and we've been able to do that because we secured a grant through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund,” she said.
The promotions officer said there was also work being undertaken on the track itself.
"We're also replacing the outside running rail at the track, and the padding in the barriers, so there's some improvement going on there” she said.
"We're also looking into updating our sound system so that we've got more volume around the bar and bookies' area, it can get a bit rowdy so we'd like to improve that so people in the bar area can hear the races,” she said.
Connolly said locals were getting behind the club, and that membership in the club had more benefits than just entry to the Eidsvold Races.
"We're supported very well by the local community in terms of membership,” she said.
"A member pays, and they're offered a guest ticket, and then they're offered reciprocal membership at other clubs,” she said.
"It is good, because if you pay membership at one of the clubs you can go to the other days for free,” she said.
The club is hoping to welcome a significant number of guests at this year's races, and thanks to a sponsorship arrangement with a local business, some punters even have to drive themselves to the event.
"We usually get somewhere around the 500 mark, usually a bit more, but somewhere around 500 is a good crowd for us,” said Connolly.
"We offer free buses from Mundubbera and Eidsvold as well, so people can leave their car at home,” she said.
"It's Landmark in Mundubbera that sponsors the bus from Mundubbera,” she said.
Connolly said the club was on the lookout for new sponsorship arrangements.
"Speaking of sponsorship, we're looking for anyone that's interested in becoming a sponsor of the club around this time of year,” she said.