City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Supports Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club With Landing Fees

Published on Tuesday, 3 October 2023 at 4:06:24 PM

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is proud to announce its commitment to supporting the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club (KBRC) during Race Round, a premier event on the city’s events calendar.

To ensure the success of this year’s Race Round, the KBRC applied for a $10,000 grant to waive passenger and landing fees for flights chartered by the organisation.

These flights will play a crucial role in bringing essential race day staff to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for two highly anticipated events: the Hannans Handicap on Wednesday 4 October and the Kalgoorlie Cup on Saturday 7 October.

The support from the City comes at a critical time following Qantas anticipating interruptions to scheduled services on the same day as the Hannans Handicap.

Mayor John Bowler expressed the City's commitment to supporting the Race Round and ensuring visitors can enjoy a seamless experience attending the event.

“The City is pleased to support the KBRC in getting essential race day and hospitality staff to Kalgoorlie-Boulder to support the operations of this major event on the Kalgoorlie-Boulder and State racing calendar, which is a major drawcard for tourists to the City.”

“This annual celebration of horse racing, fashion, and entertainment has become a major drawcard for the city, contributing significantly to the local economy and showcasing the unique culture and charm of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

“We understand the importance of these events to our community, and we want to ensure that they are a resounding success,” said Mayor Bowler.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club CEO, Robert Murison expressed gratitude for the City’s assistance in ensuring another successful round of racing.

“The support from the City greatly reduces the cost of flying staff from Perth to work at the upcoming racing events.”

“We’ve been lucky to see an influx of local people wanting to work this year, but we still require a great deal of staff from Perth to see another successful Race Round.”

Mr Murison said the KBRC will see over 150 staff come from Perth to work over the Hannans Handicap and Kalgoorlie Cup events.

“The club is committed to continuing this long-standing tradition, and we will do what we can to make it successful,” he said.

“Race Round is a monumental tradition that has gone on for over 125+ years and we want to ensure it continues for 125 more.”

This grant funding, as part of the Community Assistance Scheme, reaffirms the City’s dedication to fostering partnerships within the community and supporting local events that contribute to the region's growth and vitality.

Photo: Abby Murray

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