Labor cuts to Avoca races is city-centric Labor at its worst

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has criticised the new Labor Government for cancelling Avoca’s popular Christmas race meeting.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has criticised the new Labor Government for cancelling Avoca’s popular Christmas race meeting.

The popular Avoca Christmas race meeting has been cancelled by the Labor Government. Only weeks into their term of office, Labor has once again taken away the Christmas races at Avoca.

When Labor was last in office they took away this third race meeting from Avoca. The Coalition Government restored it as an annual fixture on the racing calendar. Now, only weeks into government, Labor has extracted revenge on the people of Avoca for having the temerity to vote Liberal.

Ms Staley, Member for Ripon said “this is political revenge of the worst kind. It is a disgraceful decision to punish the people of Ripon for voting Liberal.”

“The Minister for Racing has made a political decision rather the supporting the interests of country people and the economic benefits that flow from this race meeting” Ms Staley said.

Over recent years the Avoca Shire Turf Club has built a strong program around the Avoca Cup held on Caulfield Cup Day, the Pyrenees Advocate ANZAC Day races and the December Pyrenees Christmas Racing Shindig.

“City-centric Labor is kicking sand in the face of racing and the people of Avoca by cruelling cancelling this popular third meeting” Ms Staley said.

“Minister Pakula needs to stop this attack on country people and reverse this bad decision” said Ms Staley.

The Avoca Shire Turf Club is a wholly volunteer committee delivering huge benefits to Avoca and district. This race meeting is important to the viability of the club and the economic development of one of Victoria’s great wine and tourism areas.

“Liberals care about country people, we understand the community and economic benefits from racing” Ms Staley said.