Historic race day nears
Saturday, 24th January, 2015
With just seven weeks until Broken Hill’s most anticipated race day, the Silver City is getting ready to turn green.
Some 40 brand new street banners will be erected over the next few days as the countdown to St Pat’s 50th Race Meeting starts in earnest.
With the backing of the Broken Hill Community Credit Union, the famous event, which began in 1966, is preparing for its biggest meeting yet.
“The early indications are so strong it is staggering,” said Race Club President Margaret Corradini.”
“At this stage last year we had sold 70 Picnic Sites. At the moment we have 165 sites booked out.
“The demand from people particularly from interstate is simply amazing.”
With the phones running hot from out of town, attention is now turning to the promotion of St Pat’s in Broken Hill.
The street banners which have been part of the lead-up to the race meeting for the past decade have received a massive facelift thanks to the generosity of the Credit Union.
“We needed to freshen up the banners and have some new ones made and the Board and Management of the Credit Union have backed us 100 per cent,” Mrs Corradini said.
Credit Union Chairman, Allan Carter, said the decision to throw their support behind St Pat’s was an easy one.
“As a local institution we believe in being involved in the local community and by supporting events such as St Pats,” he said.
“It is all about giving back.”
The financial backing of the Credit Union has also allowed the new banners to be produced in Broken Hill.
“That is important to us; we believe in using local businesses wherever we can,” Mrs Corradini said.
The project has been a joint effort, with Essential Energy workers donating their free time to help install the banners around the city.
With such community participation, Mr Carter said the significance of St Pat’s 50th event was evident to all.
“It is a hugely exciting time for our city,” he said.
“Our staff and management team at the Credit Union are all part of the community and have been supporting the Race Club since we first opened our doors.
“If we see an event such as this as being positive and productive for our city then we want to be there working alongside them.”