Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has welcomed the announcement that the Goulburn electorate will benefit from a retraining and rehoming facility for harness racing horses thanks to a share of $1.3 million in funding.

Mrs Tuckerman said harness racing is a hugely popular sport in the region and the benefits of a rehoming facility will be felt throughout the community.

“This facility will support local jobs, and by the horses being retrained they will make perfect companions for so many,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The Standardbred has a gentle nature and are renowned for being great horses for disabled riders and other special needs groups.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation and Minister responsible for racing Kevin Anderson said this significant program will have huge benefits for communities as well as giving the horses a second life after they retire.

“We have worked with Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) to identify locations around the state, including here in the Goulburn electorate, to improve retraining facilities for retired pacers and trotters,” Mr Anderson said.

“Racehorses are intelligent and good natured, making them a perfect companion animal and a great addition to your family. We know that retraining ex racehorses can take a significant amount of time and effort, but it is well worth it and this facility will dramatically enhance HRNSW’s rehoming capabilities.

“The NSW Government is creating a safer and stronger regional NSW by reinvesting in the harness racing and equine industries which are a big part of life for so many regional communities.”