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$50,000 sought for Talmoi grandstand upgrade

ON a slight lean, weather-damaged and held-together with improvised repairs, the 100-year-old Garah Racecourse grandstand – home to the iconic annual Talmoi picnic race – is in desperate need of a facelift, according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

Mr Marshall inspected the grandstand and other trackside facilities recently with race club President Justin Ramsey, only weeks after the racecourse hosted another successful meet, with more than 1500 people in attendance.

“The grandstand is a real gem – a grand old dame of the track – but she’s really showing her age now,” Mr Marshall said. “Built more than 100 years ago, the grandstand has been suffering from extensive water damage around the foundations causing lots of structural issues.

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The Garah racecourse grandstand is in dire need of repair, says Adam marshall (Image Copyright Bill Poulos).

“The club has done a terrific job patching up the grandstand to keep it operational, but the time has come for some substantial funds to be spent undertaking some major work, to ensure it stands for another 100 years.”

Mr Ramsey said the club would also upgrade the jockey’s rooms and bar, which are located under the grandstand, in addition to replacing the stand’s foundations.

“The work required is beyond our expertise and finances, so we’re very keen to get some government funding to keep everything going,” Mr Ramsey said.

“It’s good to have Adam out here having a look and offering his support for our club and the annual races.”

The club has lodged a funding application with the State Government for more than $50,000 to undertake the required work.

“’This project has my full support and when Parliament returns next month, I will be speaking with the Lands Minister and Deputy Premier to press the case for the Garah community,” Mr Marshall said.

Media Release: July 10, 2017

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The Talmoi grandstand in 1929 (Image supplied).