Broken Hill St Patrick’s Race Club’s new office is now officially open, right in time for the big day.
Club representatives have joined local council officials Tom Kennedy, Jim Hickey and life patron Stephen Radford OAM at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning.
St Pats Race Club President, Margaret Corradini, was thankful for all the support received.
“We have a great rapport with Council, and we appreciate the agreement we have with them,” she said. “Their assistance and support is invaluable.
“As for Steve and the Radford family, they have been with us since 1966, and their contribution to St Pat’s is unmatched by any family in Broken Hill.”
The new office will be staffed until race day, with the countdown to the March 12 meet now on.
According to organisers, preparations are ongoing, and spots have been in high demand as the event draws near.
“The door may have been shut, but the number of bookings and enquiries has been phenomenal,” administration manager Judi Hoare said.
“We have so many groups using the weekend as reunion we have a huge demand for corporate sites, and we have been helping people trying to find accommodation.”
One of the sites has sold out as limited tickets remain available for others.
The easing of Covid-19 restrictions is expected to provide racegoers with the opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere this year.
“Being an outdoor event, people will not have to wear a mask, and whether you are vaccinated or not, you can attend the races,” Ms Hoare said.
“With Covid-19 health restrictions easing, there will be no cap on attendance numbers this year.”
The Club has also received major financial and in-kind support from key backers, including the Broken Hill Community Credit, Lion Nathan and Foundation Broken Hill.
“Without their support, we could not race,” Mrs Corradini said. “We cannot thank them enough.”
For bookings, email St Pats on [email protected] or call 8087 7550.
The St Patrick’s Race Club office is located at 400A Argent Street, Broken Hill.