The Nationals in Government have secured a $20,000 grant for the Wagga Wagga Harness Racing Club to hold a family-friendly event at the opening of its new facility in 2019.

“This grant will go towards holding a fun, family racing event where children can take part in ‘mini trots’,” local Nationals MLC Wes Fang said. “Mini trots are a fantastic way for young children to learn horsemanship as well as gain experience in the racing field. It’s a way to give interested kids a career path into the industry so that if they reach driver level, they are ready to go with a wealth of experience behind them.”

In organising the inaugural race meet, the club will engage with local charities, community groups and sporting clubs to create stronger links with harness racing at a grass roots level.

“Clubs like Wagga Harness Racing give so much back to the community and I am proud that the Nationals in Government are continuing to invest in our regional racing organisations,” local Nationals MLC Wes Fang said. “We want country racing to thrive and attract people who may have never been before to help ensure a sustainable future for our clubs. Through the Back to the Track program, we are investing $400,000 in regional thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing so it can build on these key connections at a grassroots level.”

The Back to the Track program has approved funding to 25 projects in regional NSW.