Picnic Races hits target
TORBANLEA Picnic Races organisers hit their target of raising $20,000 from the event three weeks ago and are already planning next year's affair.
Spokeswoman Edith Rutherford said the money would help to fund an upgrade of the stabling area at the site, the earthworks required for a new active riders arena, development towards a new athletics track and hopefully leave a little for upgrading general infrastructure.
“There is a lot more on the list, like upgrading the secretary-admin area to cope better with the race day, we just need to see how far the budget will stretch,” she said.
“The committee will be celebrating the success at a function next week, where all the volunteers will gather to have some fun around the barbecue, and play an end or two of bowls.”
Ms Rutherford said although the hard work for this year was done, the committee was not resting on its laurels and plans were already under way for next year's event which would be held on October 22.
She said next year the corporate area would move inside the track and it would be the first time that area would be opened up for guests.
“This will leave even more room trackside for race-goers on the day, and provide an exclusive corporate area inside the track,” Ms Rutherford said.
“We looked at the feedback from the introduction of the corporate area and to further improve this aspect and cater even better to the growing crowds, the only answer was to open up the track.
“The committee have done its homework and the new corporate area will include its own bar area, separate catering and even separate ablutions amenities.
“This will be even better for the novelty events – the crowd can cheer from both sides of the track next year.
“Some corporate guests have already tentatively booked for next year.”
She said organisers had received some great feedback and the biggest compliment was to have the races described as a signature event for the Fraser Coast region.
Ms Rutherford said anyone with inquiries about the 2011 event, should email firstname.lastname@example.org for early bird information newsletters.