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Harness Racing New Zealand’s announcement of proposing to move races from Gore and Roxburgh to Invercargill and Cromwell will be detrimental to both the Eastern Southland and Teviot Valley communities, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says.

“Race meets are about more than the racing itself, as they are events which bring the community together and bring people in to the towns,” Mr Walker says.

“Roxburgh’s meet is the only one on their calendar and being held in the Christmas and New Year break brings people to the area from far and wide.”

“Moving this event to Cromwell will have serious repercussions for the community, with the meet being one of the biggest days of the year.”

“Gore hosts an array of meets throughout the season with trainers and owners travelling from all over to the Eastern Southland town for the races.”

“My petition to save the racecourse from losing its thoroughbred meets garnered support from more than a thousand people.”

“It shows how important these race meets are to the community.”

“I’m hoping Harness Racing New Zealand will hear the outcry from the community and understand just how vital these meets are to Eastern Southland and the Teviot Valley.”

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