Robbie Katter backs Labor’s country racing funding commitment

ODDS ON: Winton bookie Kenny ‘Huff n Puff’ Elliot is backing Robbie Katter for the seat of Traeger.
ODDS ON: Winton bookie Kenny ‘Huff n Puff’ Elliot is backing Robbie Katter for the seat of Traeger.

Winton-based bookmaker Kenny ‘Huff n Puff’ Elliot is having a punt on KAP State Leader Robbie Katter to ensure the Labor Party’s announcement of $70 million in funding for Queensland country racing becomes a reality.

“If it wasn’t for Robbie leading the charge against the cuts to country racing by the Government two years ago we would be lost and country racing would have been destroyed,’’ Mr Elliot said.

“Robbie and Shane Knuth were there for us when we needed them the most and I know they will keep them honest after the election.

“Robbie took a few dollars off me in the first on Melbourne Cup day but I still reckon he’s okay.’’

Mr Katter, the Member for Mount Isa and now candidate for Traegar, says he has been a long time supporter of country racing and reminded voters Labor haven’t always been so full of love for the sport in the regions.

“I’m sure country racing people have vivid memories of the Labor Government wanting to cut funding to Queensland racing two years ago,’’ Mr Katter said.

“This included trying to cut $19 million in prize money and shutting down 60 race meetings across the state - most of which were in regional Queensland.”

Mr Katter said he expected neither Labor or the LNP to form a majority government and would need to negotiate with the minor parties.

“Regardless of who wins minority Government the KAP will ensure country racing is looked after once again,” Mr Katter said.

 “We will ensure the election promise to Queensland country racing does not disappear after the election.’’

Mr Katter is one of six candidates to nominate for the seat of Traeger and is warm favourite after drawing number one on the ballot paper in the ballot draw held on Melbourne Cup.

The North West Star will be combining with ABC North West Queensland to host a Traeger candidate public forum on Tuesday, November 21 at Spinifex State College at 6.45am for a 7pm start.

Pre-polling opens at 9am Monday, November 13.