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Stawell half-a-million-dollar overhaul to boost racing

Stawell Harness Racing Club’s track is in the midst of a $546,446 overhaul, which will see significant upgrades.

The club’s camber will be vastly increased and its surface improved courtesy of the funding, 50 per cent of which came from the State Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund and the remainder from the club and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).

HRV manager of development and infrastructure Rob Pongho said the works would dramatically improve the on-track experience.

“The increased camber is another example of the industry optimising track design to improve the welfare and safety on the horses and drivers,” Mr Pongho said.

“The new base and cushion will be installed to provide an improved cushioning effect for competing horses and upgraded fending will improve the safety aspects along with the aesthetic enhancement.”

The existing camber of about 6 per cent will increase to 12 per cent on the 72m turn past the winning post and to about 14 per cent on the 66m radius home turn. Extensive new fencing works will also be performed as part of the funding.

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