David calls for Fun Run to go ahead

David has called for the Caulfield Community Day and Fun Run to continue, despite a dispute between Glen Eira Council and the Caulfield Racecourse. The stoush was recently reported in the Caulfield Glen Eira Leader



Hopes high for fun run


02 April 2013, by Andrea Kellett

“IT IS hoped a government backed community fun run to celebrate the $1.8 million redeveloped Caulfield Racecourse centre park will go ahead, despite a stoush between Glen Eira Council and the Melbourne Racing Club. Liberal MP David Southwick has written to Glen Eira Mayor Jamie Hyams, stating he hoped the stoush would not ‘‘jeopardstoush would not ‘‘jeopardise’’ his event.

Community groups, schools, churches and charities are registering and almost $4000 has been raised in sponsorship for the Caulfield Racecourse Run & Community Day on April 21. There would also be an official opening of the redeveloped park.

More than 100 runners have registered and Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said he will attend. The Glen Eira community and the racing industry, meanwhile, are abuzz over the council’s call for horse training to be moved off the racecourse, and the MRC’s furious backlash. Most who have contacted Most who have contacted the Leader say they don’t want horse training moved. Labor spokesman for racing Martin Pakula also took aim in Parliament. ‘‘That is an act of extraordinary bad faith . . . given that in April 2011 the club and council entered into an agreement,’’ he said.”

You can find out more about the upcoming Community Day and Fun Run on David’s website.

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