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St Pat's parking fee

Monday, 18th February, 2008

People who decide to take their cars to next month's St Pat's races will now have to pay for the privilege.

The St Patrick's Race Club yesterday announced it was introducing a $5 parking fee per vehicle to help cover increased security costs.

Club president Marg Corradini said that the growth of the races meant the club now had to employ more security personnel.

"The growth of the races, in particular over the last five years, has placed some extra demands, one of these being we need to have more security staff on site," Mrs Corradini said.

"As such we now have to look at employing security people with the relevant credentials for NSW, this means utilising accredited security personnel from Mildura and possibly Dubbo as there is not enough qualified people in Broken Hill."

The club said with extra security needed and with some of these having to travel from interstate the club has had to budget for an increase of some $10,000 in payments.

"We wanted to keep our membership prices and admittance costs down so this is the only way we can possibly source some of the extra income required to offset the increasing level of employing more and more security each year," Mrs Corradini said.

"By charging people to park their vehicles at the racecourse we are realistically coming into line with other organizations in Broken Hill that charge parking fees at their events, sporting bodies such as the Football League, Harness Racing and even the Silver City Show all charge a parking fee."

Mrs Corradini said the club was seeking anyone who is qualified and who may like to work at St Pats to contact the office.

"We don't care if they can only work for three or four hours we need them."

Meanwhile, with just over two weeks until the city's largest annual social and sporting event, the club committee says everything is on track for another successful meeting.

Mrs Corradini said the build-up had been fantastic.

"It has been as usual challenging, demanding, at times stressful but the commitment of our committee and volunteers is nothing short of sensational."

The club has sold all 138 picnic sites and the two major marquees are almost full.

It has also been decided to change the status of the popular drinking venue "The Shed" into a public bar, open to all race goers.

In previous years it has been the domain of the younger set, who paid for the privilege of spending the day in a covered air conditioned area.

"We decided to open it up this year and allow more people to have the opportunity to be under cover in a cool spot," said Mrs Corradini, who added one addition to "The Shed" will be the introduction of frozen cocktails.

The club is now open every day of the week in the lead up to the races and locals are being urged to beat the rush and pay for memberships and secure the last remaining place in the marquees before the influx of interstate visitors hits the city.

"We say it every year but don't wait until the last minute or you may miss out."

The St Pat's Club is situated at 399 Crystal Street, phone number is 8087 7550.

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