Editor Nathan Johnston
THE Stony Creek Racing Club had a four-year stay of execution while the Coalition Government was running Racing Victoria.
Former Premier Denis Napthine is a racing nut and strong supporter of country clubs.
But now Labor’s back in, the pre-2010 program of slowly drying up funds for smaller clubs has resumed.
Stony Creek is likely to lose another race meeting, bringing it back to just four per season (there were eight meetings a season less than a decade ago), and faces further funding cuts for training facilities and maintenance.
Just how the club can maintain its viability is anyone’s guess.
And perhaps that’s the State Government’s plan.
It wants more night racing in Melbourne and meetings in the outer suburbs at the expense of smaller country clubs.
It’s not just the racing club itself that will struggle. Local trainers will also be furious with the latest cuts.
These aren’t highflying international operations, but small family businesses that will find it impossible to continue should the racing club cease to exist.
The Stony Creek Cup is coming up on Sunday, March 8. Put it in your diary, head out there and show your support. Because if the cuts keep coming, there might not be many cups left.