St Pat’s office off to great start
Thursday, 20th February, 2020
There are just three weeks until the 55th annual St Pat’s Race Meet and preparations are well underway for Broken Hill’s biggest day of the year.
The opening of the new St Pat’s office on Argent Street signalled the countdown to the event on Saturday, March 14.
Over the last six months committee members have been busy behind the scenes making sure that this year will be a St Pat’s to remember.
St Pat’s Race Club President Margaret Corradini said it was amazing how quick the event comes around.
The race meeting each year is the unofficial start of the tourist season and is a time of year local retailers and those in the hospitality sector look forward to.
“We are always so busy up until Christmas, we have a short break and then straight back into it,” said Ms Corradini.
“It has by all reports been a tough period since Christmas with local businesses and we hope our race meeting and other associated activities around the weekend can help the local economy.”
The St Pat’s Race Club has been settling into a new-look office, which is part of the new Broken Hill Pub.
“It is amazing to be involved in this new development and we are so grateful to Steve Radford and Margaret McBride for allowing us to be part of it,” said Ms Corradini.
“The location is the best we have ever had and you could not ask for better landlords.
“They are wonderful supporters of our event, and the community in general.”
The importance of St Pat’s to Broken Hill was not lost on Mayor Darriea Turley, she said the build-up to St Pat’s is always exciting.
“It sounds as if everything is coming together to ensure this is another brilliant meeting.
“It’s a massive drawcard for locals and tourists alike and provides a significant boost to our economy,” she said.
“A huge amount of work goes into this meeting, so on behalf of Broken Hill I’d like to thank all the workers and volunteers for their tireless efforts in bringing this event to life every year.”
In terms of the social side of Race Day, two of the exclusive areas have already sold out well in advance.
St Pat’s Club Secretary and Manager Kimberly Fell said the Lawn Lounge and Wacky’s Bar are full. These areas were new additions as of last year’s meet.
“It was obvious after last year’s meeting that both were very popular with race goers and we were not surprised by the overwhelming response,” said Ms Fell.
Those two exclusive trackside areas will cater to over 400 people on race day, while the two other areas in the Gary Radford Pavilion and the Picnic Site’s still have tickets available.
“The Pavilion is filling up and we already have over 200 people booked, this area is worth every cent and a great way to enjoy the races in air conditioned comfort with a fully exclusive drinks and meal package,” she said.
“The picnic sites still have tables left and can cater for up to ten people.”
The club has a number of initiatives, which will be revealed prior to race day. The office is now open and booking can be made by contacting the club via Facebook or by calling 8087 7550 between 10am and 5pm.