MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s Fleldon Racecourse has been inundated with red tape and regulations, with a raft of issues affecting thousands of visitors to the popular summer event.
Key points: Fleldon is Australia’s oldest and biggest racecourse and hosts hundreds of events a yearThe racecourse is plagued with red-tape and regulatory issuesBut the government says it’s not about red tape or red tape, but about protecting racegoersThe Fleldon racecourse was declared a state heritage site in 2015The event is set to return in September, with more than 200,000 people expected to attend.
It was declared heritage in May, and the Victorian Government said it would work with race organisers to ensure the racecourse would be safe.
More than 1,200 red tape issues are reported to the Victorian Office of Cultural Affairs each year, with hundreds of people being left without a ticket, or having their travel plans disrupted.
The Victorian Government is committed to providing safe and enjoyable events for all, Minister for Cultural Affairs Fiona Scott said.
“I’ve heard from many of our participants over the past few months who have experienced the challenges that racecamps in Victoria face and are heartened by the work that’s being done by our cultural authorities to tackle the issues that cause this,” she said.
She said the government was working with racegoers to ensure they had all the information they need to make the best of their visit to the Fleldon course.
A spokeswoman for the Flemington Racecourse said they were working with the Victorian Department of Cultural Services to address the issues.
“We’ve been meeting with the Department of Culture and the Fleckeries management team, and we are making every effort to address any issues that may have been raised by racegoers and our hospitality team,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have a long-standing commitment to safety at Fleldon, and I will continue to work closely with our hospitality management team to ensure we are in compliance with the best available safety measures.”
She said Fleldon would continue to operate normally, with the exception of certain events such as the Kaitoura Racecourse.
MELBORNE — There are several concerns over Fleldon’s safety at the race venue.
An official with Fleldon Raceway confirmed the issues at the Fleldeys main venue are being addressed, but said the issue was not a red-flag issue.
I understand it’s been inundating the local area with red tarpons, but we are aware of the issues and have been working with our local partners to address them.
In the meantime, we have had a lot of issues over the last few months, particularly with the kaitouram and red-tag events.
But I don’t think that we’re running out of things to do, I think that there’s still quite a lot going on that is a little bit beyond our control.
As the festival draws to a close in September it is not uncommon for some issues to arise.
Racegoers who have had tickets cancelled due to red- tag issues have been left without them.
The Flemington Festival Council is investigating some of the problems at the festival.
However, the festival will return to Fleldeynn on September 5.