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The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club has undergone a major facelift following a funding announcement made by The Minister for Racing the Honourable Martin Pakula at the club last week.

The Minister attended the club last Wednesday to announce $170,000 in funding which will go towards an upgrade for the club’s function centre. He also unveiled a new children’s playground.

Greyhound Racing Victoria threw its support behind the application from the club for an upgrade to its facilities, which was granted through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF). This will include improvements to furniture and fittings in the patron area, such as carpet, as well as new tables and chairs.

More than 160 new chairs, 17-round tables, 10 bar tables and 15 window seating tables will complete the clubs new look, and maximise the members and publics experience at the venue.

The Minister also officially opened a new pre-assessment facility in Mount Mercer earlier that day, which formed part of the Greyhound Adoption Programs continued plans for growth.

“This is not just a good day for greyhound racing, but it’s a great day for Ballarat and the surrounding areas as well,” MP Pakula said.

“Regional racing venues are social hubs for local communities and we’re proud to be investing in new upgrades to ensure they can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club races every Monday of each week, and is one of 13 greyhound racing clubs in Victoria, 11 of which are regional.

Club President Alf King said the upgrades, combined with the new playground, will maximise the experience at the club for all who attend.

“Refurbishing our function centre and installing a playground will enhance the family-friendly entertainment we can offer our patrons,” he said.

“We are thankful for the support of the Victorian Government, which will ensure that our club remains a hub for entertainment in the region.”

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