I have been a member of the Stony Creek Racing Club for 26 years, and like all member and friends of Stony Creek, I am very concerned that Country Racing Victoria plans to reduce our meetings from five to not many and cut out the training facility costs in 2016-17.
I realise the new racing complex at Pakenham, with its 40-plus meetings, would have an adverse effect on Stony Creek, however, between December to April, with the large numbers of visitors to South Gippsland, Stony Creek is a wonderful venue for holiday makers.
It also generates revenue for local businesses and sporting groups like the Leongatha Golf Club which runs the betting ring bar.
Sponsorship marquees promote local wine, cheese and produce; and there’s the popular Lady’s Day, Children’s Day and Fashions on the Field on Cup Day.
If Stony Creek is closed by CRV, our nearest TAB meeting would be Cranbourne, Pakenham, Moe or Sale which are 100km from Stony Creek.
Our current membership is about 200 members.
It would be nice to double this figure and CRV might look at Stony Creek’s future more favourably.
Hopefully our local South Gippsland member Danny O’Brien will support the club on these issues.
Kevin Scott, Inverloch.