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Country Club Conference set for Swan Hill

The annual Country Club Conference will be jointly hosted by Racing Victoria (RV) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) at Swan Hill Racecourse today, with 30 track managers and 30 country club managers in attendance.

Former AFL great Wayne Schwass, who has become a prominent advocate for mental health since hanging up his football boots, is the main guest speaker with several RV and CRV staff also presenting.

Topics covered during the conference include RV’s new track preparation policy, equine welfare, future racing club projects, risk analysis, solar sustainability initiatives and machinery demonstrations.       

The event is sponsored by Martin Collins Australia, who designed and built the synthetic racing surfaces at Ballarat Turf Club and Pakenham Racing Club, as well as the training tracks at Flemington, Caulfield and Mornington and the fibre-sand surface at the Werribee International Horse Centre. 

The supporting sponsors are Evergreen, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Toro, ADE Turf Equipment and John Deere, with the latter three showcasing their turf maintenance equipment and solutions.

“The annual conference is a great way to bring together club and track managers from right across the state to share information and work towards the shared goal of improving racing in Victoria,” said Jamie McGuinness, RV’s Executive General Manager – People, Infrastructure and Clubs.

“We would like to thank our special guest speaker Wayne Schwass for his involvement, and also our sponsors with special mention to Martin Collins Australia for their strong support.”

CRV Chief Executive Officer, Scott Whiteman, said: “The Country Club Conference is very important for country racing. It’s a terrific opportunity for the racing and track managers from across regional Victoria to get together and share knowledge, and it’s an experience we all take a lot from.

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, whose vital supports means that we can do this annually.”

Martin Collins Australia Managing Director, Reid Sanders, said: “Martin Collins Australia is proud to support country racing and all country race clubs in Victoria, and I am sure that these clubs will benefit greatly from the conference.”