29 June, 2020
Green light for Jundah Races
COUNTRY RACING may no longer be on the back foot following the announcement that one of regional Queensland’s most popular race meets, the Jundah Races, will go ahead on September 12 despite Covid-19 concerns.
Held at the town’s racecourse, 218
kilometres south-west of Longreach, the Jundah Races is considered a regional
treasure for many due to its outback atmosphere and enthusiastic racegoers.
Jundah Race Club president, Dan Pittman, said while he and the committee had a lot of work to do, announcing a date was a very positive move.
“It was a really good feeling,” Mr Pittman said. “We didn’t expect the races to go ahead, but we are still taking it day by day.
“We still have stuff to sort out like the fashions and entertainment, but we are more than happy to go ahead and we hope this will bring optimism to the racing industry.”
Barcoo Shire Council Mayor, Sally O’Neil, believes this is a step in the right direction for the shire and its surrounding areas.
“Having the Jundah Races go ahead this year will pick the community spirit up as we’ve all had a quiet social experience during Covid-19,” Cr O’Neil said.
“Hopefully, it will draw some visitors from outside the region and be a good injection to the Barcoo Shire economy.”