Bordertown Racing and Community Centre officially opens

OPEN: Thoroughbred Racing SA COO Nick Redin (left), Peter Murch, club president Geoff Jarrett, Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP, Jim Irvine, vice-president Leanne Mastrangelo and Frank Mastrangelo.
OPEN: Thoroughbred Racing SA COO Nick Redin (left), Peter Murch, club president Geoff Jarrett, Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP, Jim Irvine, vice-president Leanne Mastrangelo and Frank Mastrangelo.

Bordertown, along with other Tatiara towns, are set to benefit from the newly updated Bordertown Racing and Community Centre.

Officially opened by Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP on Wednesday, the racing club and other community groups are expected to usher in an exciting new future after the massive update was completed.

It has been a long time coming for the club, but the project has resulted in the replacement of the club's existing outdated administration building with a modern, multipurpose and accessible facility.

Most importantly, the updated facility will not only benefit the racing club, it has been designed so it can be used for both racing and broader community activities, allowing for a number of exciting possibilities for the community.

Mr Pasin said the new facility is exciting for the Tatiara region, as it will potentially allow for a wider arrange of events to be hosted at the venue.

"This is a brilliant new facility for the region - the facility will bring more events and more visitors to the area, increasing revenue to the local tourism and racing industry," Mr Pasin said.

"It also brings great benefits to local community groups, offering a brand new facility for meetings and events."

Mr Pasin also stated the Australian Government is committed to ensuring the country's regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous for many years to come.

He concluded by mentioning projects, such as this one, can't come to fruition without the partnership of countless businesses, organisations and the Morrison Government.

"This is a great example of so many organisations and businesses partnering with government to deliver a project that will benefit the whole community into the future," Mr Pasin said.

To completely transform the old facility plenty of funding was needed, with the Morrison Government committing $400,000 to the $936,310 project, under the $841 million 'Building Better Regions Fund'.

With the government contributing to just under half of the total cost of the project, the remaining cost was funded by the racing club and other groups.

The remaining project costs were contributed by Tatiara District Council ($5,000), Bordertown Racing Club Inc ($440,860), Thoroughbred Racing South Australia ($70,000), JBS Australia Pty Ltd ($10,000), Wampoony Farming Enterprises ($7,450), Blue Lake Milling ($3,000).

Several local businesses also provided in-kind support to the project including PJ & LE Murch Earthmoving, Bordertown Stone Supplies, Mastrangelo Drafting & Design and Bordertown Pumps and Refrigeration.

It hasn't been an easy road to get to the project completed, but the racing club stuck to the task and moved mountains to make the new facility a reality.

Thoroughbred Racing SA COO Nick Redin said he has nothing but praise for the club, with their resilience and ability to continue to "push" for the new facility being second-to-none.

"Most people would have got fatigued by now, but somehow you guys (club) seem to find another level and just keep pushing through and getting things done," Mr Redin said.

"Congratulations, it is well deserved and we really look forward to the future of Bordertown continuing to go forward with racing in the state."

With the new state of the art facility officially opened, Bordertown should be excited about their new community asset.