Gunnedah Jockey Club will host Porchetta, a cultural celebration of Italian food, beer, wine and music in 2019 with a $20,000 grant under the Back to the Track funding program, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said a further grant of $7,260 from the same Program will assist Gunnedah Greyhound Club to hold a new TAB race event during Agquip 2019.

“This funding is part of the new Back to the Track program which supports regional racing clubs in engaging with their local communities.

“Porchetta will bring the community together over great food and drink while showcasing the Riverside Racecourse as a premier venue for local events.

“The Porchetta day said ciao in 2016 so it’s fantastic to hear this funding will inject life back into this awesome festival.

“Gunnedah Greyhound Club will hold an evening TAB race event while Ag Quip, Australia’s largest agricultural field day, is being held near Gunnedah.

“The event will be western-themed with live music, mechanical bull riding, food trucks and entertainment for the kids.

“By holding a race meet during Ag Quip, Gunnedah Greyhound Club will be able to attract a large crowd of regional and interstate tourists as well as locals,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Minister for Racing Paul 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.

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