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Geoff Fullerton - Port Augusta Racing Club

A key to a successful sporting club is the support received from volunteers.

The Port Augusta Racing Club (PARC) is in a unique position having received support from the Fullerton family over four generations, which continues to this day.

To say thoroughbred racing runs in their blood would be a strong understatement. Starting as a horse owner, Geoff Fullerton followed in the footsteps of his Father, Grandfather (who were both Presidents of PARC and now life members), and Great-Grandfather in becoming a long-serving volunteer for the PARC.

After finishing with the Port Augusta Council in the early '80s, Geoff joined the PARC as a committee member in 1989. Geoff held roles as the Official Timekeeper and Assistant Judge for their 15 meetings, including a 3-day carnival where they hosted 29 trainers that same year.

As well as providing support as a committee member, Geoff worked closely with the club Manager in 1991 to increase sponsorship, which in turn led to further track and amenities upgrades.

Geoff continued with his support of the PARC serving as Vice President for several years leading to him becoming the President in 2006, a position he would hold for five years.

Ten years later and Geoff is still a strong supporter of the PARC both as a life member and a volunteer.

Across the years involved with the club, Geoff still enjoys the amazing backdrop the Flinders Ranges offers the track.

"Few venues are located on an elevated site, and we have such an amazing view," he said.

Geoff has been involved in several projects across the club, including a new administration block, jockeys room, and extensive grandstand upgrades.

Geoff spoke of implementing the Work for the Dole program and the lawn area in front of the grandstand being two of his greatest achievements as part of the club.

"We approached the Central Oval team about reutilising the turf being replaced at their oval.

"With the support of local council and the volunteer team, we have a space for people to sit," he said.

There are still many projects that Geoff is working on around the club, and he, along with six other volunteers attend the club once a week to work on the general upkeep of the club.


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