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Berry told: Show us the money for racing

IPSWICH MP Ian Berry has been urged to stop grandstanding and provide funding for the Ipswich Turf Club's multi-million dollar redevelopment of its racetrack.

The former State Government promised $6 million to the project, but Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the current LNP Government had opposed the funding before the election and was still yet to commit any funds.

Mr Berry was quoted in The QT as saying he supported Ipswich Turf Club and Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club's bid to make an application for $1 million in funding under the Industry Infrastructure Strategy, in light of Racing Queensland's approval of the project.

But Mrs Miller said Mr Berry was "putting up smoke and mirrors to make out he is doing something".

"The Ipswich Turf Club had $6 million committed by the former Labor government," she said.

"But when the government changed, the LNP froze that money so that they didn't get it.

"Now Ian Berry has tried to make out that there is $12 million going to the club, but it is not in any budget papers."

The industry infrastructure fund has $110 million set aside for the reinvigoration of racing.

That fund comes from a halving of wagering tax that the racing industry pays to the government. Any money in the fund has to be approved by treasury for the Ipswich project to see any of it.

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann spoke in parliament on the issue and said Mr Berry's support for the project was just "weasel words".

"Show us the $6 million, because the LNP State Government in Queensland have refused to put one dollar towards this vital project. We want money, not mouthings," he said.

Mr Berry said Mr Neumann was "distracting from Julia Gillard's savage $4.3 million funding cut to our local hospitals and her broken promise of 550 flood reconstruction jobs for Ipswich".

Topics:  ian berry jo-ann miller shayne neumann



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