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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 21st 2009
36 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 22, 2009 MB Green Day races first for Rosehill THE world's first carbon-neutral race day, Green Day at the Gardens, will be held at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, January 31. In an industry first, Sydney Turf Club will lessen its impact on the environ- ment by reducing its carbon emissions and purchasing carbon credits to offset any remaining emissions. To encourage the use of public trans- port, anyone arriving at Rosehill Gardens by train will be admitted free, a saving of $12 on an adult entry. The club will also implement several initiatives, including replacing lights on Level 3 of the Members Stand with dimmable compact fluorescent energy- saving bulbs, producing its racebook on recycled paper and holding a tree- planting ceremony. In the food and beverage outlets, patrons will be provided with recyclable plastic cups, cutlery and drinking straws. Organic wine and carbon- neutral beer will also be available from selected outlets. The racecourse will be decked out with environmental displays and demonstrations, there will be acoustic entertainment and ''green police'' will roam the course speaking to patrons about the importance of sustainability. Last year, Sydney Turf Club engaged environmental partners ePar and Shift2Neutral to create an inventory of emissions generated from its race days. The inventory was then used to map a carbon footprint for Rosehill Gardens and devise a strategy for how carbon emissions could be significantly reduced. CEO Michael Kenny said the staging of the inaugural Green Day at the Gardens was an ideal way for the club and its patrons to unite in making a real and positive change to the environment. ''Sydney Turf Club is excited about being the first to achieve carbon neu- trality at a racing event,'' he said. ''Green Day at the Gardens is a part of the club's ongoing commitment to seek- ing ways of reducing our carbon foot- print and setting best practices in sustainability.'' For more details on Green Day at the Gardens, call Sydney Turf Club on 9930 4000 or visit www.theraces.com.au HORSE RACING www.innerwestweekly.com.au Family's on track for life Lindsay Murphy at Canterbury Park: 'It was a fantastic place for the kids to grow up.' Picture: NICK BLOUKOS ~P0280653 BRENTON CHERRY LINDSAY Murphy knows racing. Not only has the Sydney Turf Club's general manager of racecourses worked in the industry for 31 years but he and his family have lived on a racecourse for more than two decades. ''I was fortunate enough to get a job in the racing office with the STC in 1977 and started from there,'' he said. ''The next year I went on to the racecourse assisting the manager and have been there ever since.'' Soon came the ultimate dream for any racing fanatic when Murphy, 53, and his family moved into a house at Canterbury racecourse. ''It was a fantastic place for the kids to grow up,'' Murphy said. ''There was a lot of area and space for the them to play and we loved our time there.'' This upbringing clearly had an impact on the Murphy children, who all followed their father into the racing industry. ''My son Tim is a trainer, Patrick is a jockey, my eldest daughter Jill is the racing manager for a trainer in Victoria and my other daughter Joanne is an executive assistant to the stewards at Racing NSW,'' Murphy said. ''My wife is the only one not involved.'' While racing has provided a great life for Murphy and his family, he said the horse flu outbreak, which nearly crippled the industry in late 2007, threatened that. ''It put a stop to everything,'' he said. ''We were fortunate, for the boys, that the government came good with grant relief, which helped. ''However, my son who is a jockey had to move to Perth because they were still racing. ''It was a huge disruption to people's lives. Some people went from earning a living to earning nothing through no fault of their own.'' reduce your carbon footprint Saturday 31 January Sydney Turf Club is proud to be hosting a world first at Rosehill Gardens, by credibly achieving carbon neutrality. Come and enjoy a fantastic day of racing and entertainment with a focus on sustainability and the environment. Plus arrive by train and get in FREE on presentation of your train ticket. Join the race to save the environment, its your best bet for the future. The world's first carbon neutral race day... green day at the gardens To fi nd out more visit theraces.com.au Sydney Turf Club is committed to making a real and positive change to our environment.
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