A Liberal Nationals Government will contribute $1.5 million to the establishment of a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital at Cranbourne Turf Club, with scanning facility capacity, to make it the most advanced equine nuclear medicine centre in the world.
The new hospital will cement Cranbourne’s position as a leader in thoroughbred racing while also providing the industry with access to breakthrough technology transforming equine medicine.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull visited the site on Thursday to make the announcement alongside Liberal candidate for Cranbourne Ann-Marie Hermans.
Cranbourne is home to Victoria and Australia’s largest thoroughbred training centre, with 140 licensed trainers and 1400 horses training there.
However, horses requiring scanning must still endure an unacceptable three-hour float ride to Werribee or Ballarat to access that technology.
Under the Liberal Nationals’ joint project with the racing industry, world-leading technology would be available at the track to ensure horses receive the best medical support available.
New scanning technology will transform treatment of a range of common but difficult-to-diagnose equine health issues, including lower respiratory tract diseases, viral and bacterial infections, and exercise pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH).
Private sector leaders in medical technology have already expressed interest in partnering with the racing industry and Liberal Nationals on this project.
The Liberal Nationals’ $1.5 million funding contribution will be matched by industry funds to provide the balance of the $3 million cost of establishing the hospital.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“A Liberal Nationals Government will continue our long-running support of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry by backing innovative projects like the centre.
“Anne Marie Hermans has been a strong advocate for this project and understands the need for good local jobs. If we are going to get serious about easing the pressure on Melbourne’s CBD we need to invest in infrastructure that will result in jobs in Melbourne’s outer areas.”
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Racing, Tim Bull:
“When it comes to training, Cranbourne is the heart of not only Victoria, but Australia and a state of the art equine hospital is required to service this expanding industry.
“The scanning technology to be made available at Cranbourne will not only allow for significant medical insight and research, but will also cut the need for three-hour float rides to Werribee or Ballarat. It will also service Mornington and Gippsland trainers.”
Quotes attributable to Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne, Ann-Marie Hermans:
“I am proud to be a part of a Liberal Nationals team who understands the importance in investing in jobs in growth areas like Cranbourne.
“The complex will deliver 22 on going, local jobs and provide essential services for the racing industry across Eastern Victoria.”