Echuca harnesses new gear

A NEW mobile barrier and tractor will soon be motoring around Echuca Harness Racing Club’s track.

Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine announced funding for the club on Tuesday.

“This investment will help replace equipment dating from the 1970s and 1980s,” Premier Napthine said.

Echuca Harness Racing Club runs 11 meetings each year.

Trials are run on a weekly basis at the track.

The club’s 38-year-old mobile barrier will be replaced by a purpose built six-horse wide mobile starting gate with intercom, throttle control and overload springs.

A total bill of more than $74,000 was covered by $37,171 from the goverment as Harness Racing Vicoria and the Echuca club added $18,565 each.

Echuca HRC president Robert Height said upgrading the tractor and mobile barrier was crucial.

“Our tractor had stopped working, so we desperately needed it fixed,” Mr Height said.

“Keeping the mobile barrier up to date is vital for safety reasons.”

Racing across all three codes is worth $940m annually to Victoria’s regional economy.  

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