Racegoers are set to flock to the Werribee Cup this weekend, thanks to a joint funding boost of $70,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Labor Government is contributing almost $27,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the Cup this Sunday, 10 December.

Werribee Racing Club is contributing more than $28,000 and Country Racing Victoria is providing an additional $12,000. An industry partner will also provide $3,000.

As well as enjoying the day’s racing action, patrons can look forward to exciting live performances by Soul Obsession, Wilde Styles and Eternity.

A jumping castle, horse racing games, pedal go-karts, sports activities and a visit from Santa will make it a great day out for families.

Complimentary shuttle buses will run between Werribee train station and the track, ensuring racegoers arrive and depart safely.

The Werribee Cup forms part of Country Racing Victoria’s 2017 Christmas Campaign, covering 36 race meetings across regional Victoria from 25 November to 24 December.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $1 million to support four infrastructure projects and four thoroughbred race day initiatives at Werribee.

The racing industry in outer Melbourne generates more than $375 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain over 3720 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“We’re proud to support the Werribee Cup because it creates local jobs, draws visitors to the area and provides great economic benefits to our community.”

“The Cup is a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate the festive season and I wish the club every success with this year’s event.”

Quotes attributable to Werribee Racing Club General Manager Glenn Scott

“We’re very grateful for the Victorian Government’s contribution to our main event of the year.”

“We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors for a fun-filled day of great racing and entertainment for all ages.”