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Upgraded public facilities for Flemington
30 Oct 2017 | Victorian Minister for Racing 

Racegoers attending the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival will have access to upgraded public facilities thanks to a $460,000 funding package supported by the Victorian Government.

Launching the carnival at Flemington Racecourse on Monday, VictorianMinister for Racing Martin Pakula announced the Government is providing more than $231,000 through the Victorian Racing Infrastructure Fund. The Victoria Racing Club will match the contribution.

The funding will be used to renovate the parents’ room, upgrade the audio in public areas, improve disability access of public toilets, and widen River Road to prevent bottlenecks and improve safety.

More than 300,000 racegoers are expected to flock to Flemington across the carnival’s four days of racing, including Derby Day on 4 November, Melbourne Cup Day on 7 November, Oaks Day on 9 November and Stakes Day on 11 November.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival generated $427.1 million in economic activity and employed almost 20,000 staff and contractors throughout the event. Visitors spent $38.3 million on accommodation, while more than $44.3 million was splashed on retail and fashion.

The upgraded facilities will help to meet the needs of the public and limit the impact of the works being done to build a new members grandstand. The Victorian Government is providing $10 million to the Victoria Racing Club towards the new stand which is expected to be unveiled for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Since 2014, the Government has provided more than $13.1 million in funding to the Victoria Racing Club to support three Raceday Attraction Program initiatives and 10 infrastructure projects.

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