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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    #BetonBirdsville this weekend to support drought-affected farmers

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    #BetonBirdsville this weekend to support drought-affected farmers

    Punters throughout Australia are being urged to #BetonBirdsville this weekend to support Queenslanders doing it tough in the drought.

    Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said for the first time in its 136-year history all 13 races of the iconic Birdsville Cup meeting will be broadcast live on Sky Racing, with wagering partner UBET to offer fixed and tote odds on all races.

    Fifty per cent of Racing Queensland wagering revenue from the Birdsville Cup meeting (31 August-September 1) will go to the Drought Appeal.

    “#BetonBirdsville this weekend, and you’ll be supporting drought-affected farmers and communities throughout Queensland,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Large parts of Queensland are drought declared and whole communities are affected - they need our help more than ever.

    “A lot of punters dream of going to the Birdsville races, and this year they’ll be able to have a flutter without being there in person, for the first time ever.

    “In doing so, punters will be supporting Queenslanders who are experiencing grueling drought conditions that are taking a huge toll across the State.” 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the #BetOnBirdsville campaign was another great example of everyone doing their bit.

    “Recently I launched the Queensland Drought Appeal which is already distributing more than $1.3 million in donations to rural and remote families and communities doing it tough.

    “#BetOnBirdsville is another great way to show our support.”

     Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Queensland Government had contributed more than $670 million since the beginning of the drought in 2013.

    “In this year’s budget more than $140 million was allocated to help drought-stricken farmers, including $34.2 million through the Drought Assistance Package and $4.9 million for rural specific mental health programs,” he said.

    “We also kick-started the Queensland Drought Appeal with a $100,000 contribution in August.

    “The Palaszczuk Government understands the issues facing our farmers and we know that every dollar counts, that’s why this support is so greatly appreciated.”
     
    The Birdsville Cup meeting is being funded with assistance from the Palaszczuk Government’s Country Racing Support Package worth $70 million over four years.

    #BetOnBirdsville video: https://animoto.com/play/3aIrrMXtWDiX0ltUKNE3Rg

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548