Wodonga turf club gives Nordcon naming rights

Nordcon owner Eric Pietila and turf club general manager Tom O’Connor. Picture: DAVID THORPE
Nordcon owner Eric Pietila and turf club general manager Tom O’Connor. Picture: DAVID THORPE

WODONGA and District Turf Club has broken new ground by entering into a naming rights deal for its track.

The club has signed an initial 12-month deal with Albury-Wodonga land developer Nordcon with options for an extension of the partnership announced yesterday.

Club general manager Tom O’Connor said Nordcon was already a sponsor of its biggest meeting of the year, Boxing Day.

“Nordcon has been a partner for the Boxing Day races for some years now,” he said.

“They have a good relationship with the club and saw an opportunity to grow that partnership.

“Being a locally owned business and well entrenched in Wodonga it is a perfect mix.”

The Wodonga track will be known as Nordcon Land Park with the support to assist with further infrastructure improvements.

Mr O’Connor declined to reveal the financial details of the partnership.

But, one of the biggest projects touted at the club has been a pedestrian walkway underneath the home straight.

The racecourse is a multi-purpose venue with one of the state’s largest Auskick centres based in the racecourse infield.

Nordcon owner Eric Pietila said an improved racecourse would benefit Wodonga.

“Nordcon Land is in the business of providing living opportunities for people in Albury- Wodonga,” he said.

“It is important that we support local events and facilities.

“Boxing Day is a big race day in Wodonga.”

Meanwhile, Mr O’Connor was awaiting the feedback for the club’s proposal to secure a public holiday for its cup meeting in lieu of Melbourne Cup day.

“Our members are pretty excited,” he said.

“As far as the business community is concerned we will find out from the survey feedback.”

Wodonga will stage its next meeting on February 22, coinciding with the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.

The Belvoir Special School luncheon will be held with Black Caviar part-owner Pam Hawkes the guest-speaker.