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New Equine Surgery At Werribee International Centre
Victorian Minister For Racing Rob Hulls announced Werribee will receive a "$200,000 funding boost to establish a new equine surgery at its international horse centre under a Victorian Government & racing industry funding partnership". Hulls said the equine surgery at Werribee Racecourse will be ready in time for the international raiders coming to Melbourne for this year's 150th running of the Melbourne Cup. Hulls noted: "This state-of-the-art medical facility will not only provide peace of mind to the Australian racing industry, but also to the international racing community when overseas horses are transported to Victoria & are stabled at Werribee for our major racing carnivals. The equine influenza outbreak which threatened our industry in 2007 is still fresh in many minds and, for protection of our industry & the safety of international horses, it is crucial we have good quarantine facilities that incorporate top quality training & medical facilities. By the end of July, construction of the equine surgery is expected to be complete, along with the 2 quarantine compounds, each fitted with security monitoring & with the capacity to house up to 12 horses each." The Victorian Government & Racing Victoria Limited are each contributing $100,000 for the equine surgery, one of the range of projects being developed across the state as part of the $86 million Regional Racing Infrastructure Fund.