Lismore and murwillumbah tracks safe, says racing NSW

RACING NSW has denied speculation that racing at smaller country clubs, such as Lismore and Murwillumbah, will be scaled back in the future.

Brian Judd, Racing NSW Country's chief executive, was in Ballina last week to meet with executives from the Ballina Jockey Club and the Lismore Turf Club.

Both clubs have been struggling with financial issues, but Racing NSW has since "corrected" the Ballina situation and approved a "satisfactory" budget for Lismore for the next financial year.

Mr Judd said the clubs were now on track and could expect bright futures.

He also denied rumours that Racing NSW was planning to reduce the number of race meets for clubs such as Lismore and Murwillumbah.

However he did say that Ballina, once it received its long-awaited all-weather track, was likely to become the racing hub for the Northern Rivers region.

"We have no plans to scale back operations at Lismore or Murwillumbah," Mr Judd said.

"But if Ballina did have an all-weather track, other clubs would be able to use that for their own race meetings if the weather was adverse, instead of cancelling them. Race clubs on the Northern Rivers are currently losing too many meetings."

A timeframe for an all-weather track for Ballina has not been announced, but Mr Judd said it would not happen until Racing NSW was satisfied the club was in a financially stable position.



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