Turf club president reveals big plans

Courtney FowlerNorth West Telegraph
Punters braved the poor weather at the weekend, turning out in droves for the Port Hedland Turf Club Ladies Day meeting.
Camera IconPunters braved the poor weather at the weekend, turning out in droves for the Port Hedland Turf Club Ladies Day meeting. Credit: Terry Keating

It’s a new era for the Port Hedland Turf Club, with a newly elected president and a series of new social events for Pilbara punters to look forward to this race season.

The club farewelled long-serving president Arnold Carter at its annual general meeting last week and welcomed Darren White to the role at the Pilbara’s second-oldest race club.

Mr White said the new committee aimed to revamp the much-loved Port Hedland Cup, running it on a Sunday to attract a bigger crowd.

“We never want to interfere with the public holiday but it just makes sense for the club to make room for more events across the weekend,” he said.

“We would look to have a Calcutta on the Friday night, a race ball on the Saturday, the cup day on Sunday and a members and sponsors day on Monday.

“We hope to create a new tradition that will attract racegoers from all over the Pilbara and Kimberley and we have already had a lot of support from stakeholders for this concept.”

Mr White said preparations were under way for the first of six race meets for 2016.

“The race dates are all but fixed, we are just waiting for the final sign off from the council,” he said.

“We want to make the club more family friendly, with more children’s entertainment and an unlicensed area designated for local families.

“This will also be the first year we have free entry for pensioners and children under 16.”

Mr White said he hoped to see increased membership numbers, volunteers and sponsorship so the turf club be upgraded.

“Ultimately the plan is for a major redevelopment at the club,” he said.

Mr White thanked outgoing president Carter for his decades of dedication to the Port Hedland Turf Club.

“Without Arnie I doubt there would still be a turf club,” he said.

“It’s now a new era for Port Hedland racing.

“If you are interested in joining the committee, volunteering or providing sponsorship contact secretary@phtc.com.au or visit phtc.com.au.”

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