The NSW Government’s "Back to the Track" program is set to support harness racing, thoroughbred racing and greyhound racing in the Bathurst region.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole and the NSW Minister for Racing said the funding for the three organisations would allow them to run promotions with the aim of boosting crowds and membership numbers.
Mr Toole said the Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing Club would receive a grant of $20,000 for its "Next Gen – Back to the Track" initiative.
"The local Thoroughbred Racing Club’s goal is to boost engagement with under 35s by setting up a young members’ marquee and offering a free year’s membership to the first 200 people who register," he said.
In the meantime, the Bathurst Greyhound Club will receive $4530 to host a New Year’s Eve community event.
"A special New Year’s Eve family greyhound race meeting with entertainment for the kids, food and giveaways is sure to draw a good crowd," Mr Toole said.
"The all-age event will give local families something fun to do in the lead up to the New Year Eve’s evening fireworks being run by Bathurst Regional Council."
Mr Toole said the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Gold Crown Carnival is their major event and thanks to a grant of $7450 they hope to attract even more fans to the district to enjoy the pacing extravaganza.
"The club will partner with tour operators to run the ‘Gold Crown Tour’ – an eight day program of activities centred on the big event," he said.
"The tour should help boost local tourism and features five race meetings, a golf day and a number of social functions as part of the itinerary."
Mr Toole said regional and country racing forms a key part of the social fabric in local communities.
"Through the Back to the Track program, the NSW Government is investing $400,000 in regional thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing so it can build on these key connections at a grassroots level," Mr Toole said.
"We want country racing to thrive and attract people who may have never been before to help ensure a sustainable future for clubs across the three codes."
The Back to the Track program has approved funding to 25 projects in regional NSW.