Media release from Sarah Courtney, Minister for Racing
The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our plan for a strong and vibrant racing industry in Tasmania.
In 2017/18 national wagering on Tasmanian racing grew by more than 12 per cent to $576 million, building on growth of nearly 9% achieved during the previous financial year.
All three codes performed well during 2017/18 – thoroughbred turnover was up 6.7 %, harness increased by 16.4%, and greyhound turnover was up by 17.1%.
This impressive turnover increase is a result of Tasracing’s strong commercial focus and quality, consistent racing.
These factors, combined with a revised Race Field Fee pricing structure, enabled Tasracing to increase code funding on two occasions in 2017/18.
The second round of increases meant the code allocation amount for the financial year was higher than the 2014/15 figure.
It is expected that the code allocation for 2018/19 would be above the 2014/15 figure in real terms.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has created an environment that promotes the sustainable growth of the industry into the future.