New viewing platforms at Port Augusta Racing Club

UPGRADES: Workers, through the Work for the Dole program, have been building new viewing platforms in front of the grandstand at the Port Augusta Racing Club.
UPGRADES: Workers, through the Work for the Dole program, have been building new viewing platforms in front of the grandstand at the Port Augusta Racing Club.

The Port Augusta Racing Club (PARC) facility is undergoing a facelift ahead of the 2019 racing season, with two new paved viewing platforms being installed.

The upgrades have been undertaken through the Australian Work for the Dole Services program after the club received a $43,000 grant.

Up to eight workers have been working at the site, paving the area and erecting the fencing around the platforms, which are situated in front of the grandstand.

PARC committee member Anthony McCoy said the new areas will provide the elderly and people with physical disabilities with a safer viewing option.

"Before, the front of the grandstand was on a slope of lawn and dirt, now it will be on level paving, with a viewing platform so people can walk straight from the paved footpath onto the viewing platform," he said. 

"They’re surrounded by rails and can watch the horses come through to the finish line."

PARC partnered with Work for the Dole, and not-for-profit employment and training business MADEC to commence the program in October 2018.

The club hopes to have the new platforms completed by mid-April in time for the first race meeting of the year.

Mr McCoy said the new changes will also be better for the environment by cutting the club's water costs.

"We probably have about 150 square metres that we no longer have to water," he explained.

The program gives workers training in basic white card skills and level 1 civil works.

In addition to paving, workers have completed painting, fencing work and trench digging around the site.

Supervisor Mick Casey has been pleased with the participation from the workers, calling them a "very good crew".

"Stage one of the project is nearly completed. We're actually ahead of schedule," Mr Casey said.

"I’ve been doing this for about 14 years now and the participation in this project is second to none."

PARC previously had a group of workers at the facility in 2017 through the Work for the Dole program to lay cables for the new judges tower, erect new fencing, and paint the toilets and horse stalls.

RACING CLUB: New paved area next to the grandstand.

RACING CLUB: New paved area next to the grandstand.