RACING and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia has announced the start of a new $2.8 million building project at Pinjarra Harness Racing Club.
The new 126-stall complex is funded in partnership with Royalties for Regions, Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) and Pinjarra Harness Club.
The new state-of-the-art building will include specially designed walk-through harness stalls, a racing administration section, with a trainers lounge and stewards offices along with male and female driver change rooms.
Pinjarra Harness Club is the premier provincial race club and hosts 48 meetings a year and provides significant benefits for the community.
The economic contribution from the racing industry to WA from the Peel region is $120 million including Pinjarra Race Club, Pinjarra Harness Racing Club and Greyhounds WA Mandurah.
The club will continue to race as usual on Mondays with only minimal works undertaken on the day to reduce any impact on the events.
The project is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Mr Papalia said one in every 32 people living in the Peel region were involved in some aspect of the industry compared with the WA average of one in every 72 people.
According to RWWA chief executive Richard Burt, the majority of the WA harness racing population lived in the Peel and with 24 trainers and more than 170 horses in work in the Pinjarra area alone, enhancing the club’s grounds and facilities was a key part of RWWA’s strategic plan.