Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

$10 Mill Sounds Good for Ooralea

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

$10 Mill Sounds Good for Ooralea

Article excerpt

GIDDYUP! Mackay Turf Club is getting $10 million to upgrade its Ooralea facilities. The news this week that Queensland Racing would shower Mackay with the cash had punters cheering louder than when Makybe Diva won her third Melbourne Cup.

It is believed on-course stables, the track and spectator facilities will receive a facelift and thank God for that.

Every time someone cheers another strip of paint peels from the walls.

The aging facility has been loping along for years and deserves to be brought up to a gallop to meet the expectations of a growing city.

The horses and their trainers will no doubt be happy.

It only has to look like rain and it's a no-go for racing.

But it will be the punters who will rejoice the most with this $10 million bit of equine joy because surely it's an odds-on bet the first purchase will be a new sound system.

No more straining to hear a race call with hand to ear and head tilted to the nearest speaker. …

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