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Rich with history, steeped in tradition and poised for the future - is an apt description of country racing in Queensland.


Country racing is conducted across the length and breadth of Queensland from the south of the State at Texas; the north at Laura, the east at Gympie to the extreme west of the State at Camooweal and iconic Birdsville.


Queensland has over 100 country race clubs that conduct over 270 non-TAB race meetings each year.  Many of our country race clubs can be described as the lifeblood of their communities.  Clubs are a focal point for communities, providing employment opportunities and help develop social capital.  Race events bring communities together and create opportunities to drive tourism.


Our Queensland country race clubs host many popular country racing events including the Cairns Amateurs in Far North Queensland, Roma Cup in the South-West, and outback racing at its best at the annual Birdsville Races in the state’s Central-West.


Harness country racing continues to thrive in Marburg and the Darling Downs and Capalaba, Cairns, Bundaberg are popular venues for Greyhounds country racing.


Queensland’s race clubs are divided into eight (8) geographical regions:

  • Capricornia
  • Central West
  • Eastern Downs
  • Downs
  • Far North
  • Leichardt
  • North West
  • South East


The governance of country (non-Tab) thoroughbred racing sees both regional and state-wide representation.


Every thoroughbred race club in each region is afforded the opportunity to have a representative on the Country Racing Association (CRA) of that region. A jockey, trainer, bookmaker and owners representative is also on each CRA.


The CRA provides advice to Racing Queensland about thoroughbred country (non-Tab) issues.


Country Racing Support Program

The Country Racing Support Program (CRSP) is a Queensland Government program to help replace the country racing funding withdrawn by Racing Queensland. It also provides funding to country race clubs to build capacity and improve their financial performance, ultimately reducing their dependence on Racing Queensland subsidy to the extent that they are able to replace the withdrawn funding from their own revenues.


The CRSP will be administered by Racing Queensland and will commence on 1 July 2016.


What does this mean for country race clubs?

From 1st July, 2016, Queensland country race clubs across all three codes, will have access to additional support services from Racing Queensland to assist their managements identify ways to reduce operational costs and source alternate ways to generate revenue. 


Racing Queensland is currently working with the Country Racing Committee and workshopping with clubs across the three codes to agree on the initiatives to roll out in 2016/2017.



Club Resources


Grants and Funding Resources


The Queensland Government offer many grants programs for Queensland sporting clubs that country race clubs would be eligible to apply for. 


These include:

  • Get Playing Places & Spaces Program
  • Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program
  • Local Government & Planning Grants
  • Get Going Clubs Program
  • Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Grants & Funding Resources
  • Gambling Community Benefit Fund


All information and the links to apply are available here:



Other funding opportunities available;

  • Tourism & Events Queensland
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (Small Grants for Rural Communities)
  • National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF)
  • Digital Enterprise Program


Visit http://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/help for great tips on applying for grants and funding.


Or click here to download the Queensland Government’s Guide to Applying for Grants


If you’d like support or advice about submitting a grant application, please contact David Aldred (Club Commercial and Development Manager) on 07 3869 9767 or email daldred@racingqueensland.com.au 

For more information about compliance and licensing visit http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Industry-Services/Club-Compliance


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