90 sec statement - Off to the 2015 Alexandra Races
Posted March 03, 2015
CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (13:39): As you would know, thoroughbred horseracing is alive and well in rural Australia, particularly in my electorate of Indi. I had the enormous pleasure on Saturday to go to the Alexandra Cup. It was a wonderful day with terrific crowds, great fields, excellent prizes, a fantastic atmosphere and such a warm welcome when I arrived from Barb Gamble, the treasurer; and Marg Tranter (pictured) — thank you very much.
One of the highlights of the day was being able to congratulate Dr Doug Norman on his being awarded life membership. Doug is a traditional country vet, well loved by all—farmers, pet owners and the whole community. His two daughters, whom I was proud to meet, are both vets, and his son is an electrician. Not only has he supported the racing club as a vet, he has also offered significant sponsorship to make the day such a success.
It was a wonderful day, and I am very, very pleased to be able to say thank you to the wonderful committee—and to the whole community that make it possible—particularly Chris Walsh, president; secretary, Robyn Walsh—no relation; to Kerry Burge for being my wonderful host on the day; to all the team; and particularly, to the men's woodworking club. Thanks for making it such a fantastic event.