The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen through our Community Council corporate responsibility program. We focus on contributing to local communities by providing both financial and human resources support.

Our various community projects are motivated by our desire to bring maximum value to the community in which we operate. We continuously strive to improve the quality of life of residents within our community, and we have every expectation that our program will continue to do so for years to come.

February
In the month of February, MVRC assisted with 23 fundraiser programs. 
Value: $6,470
  • MVCC Festival Draw
  • Sporting Chance
March
In the month of March, MVRC assisted with 14 fundraiser programs . 
Value: $7,010
  • Brunswick North Primary.
  • Moonee Ponds Primary School Fete
  • Metro Super League Darts for RCH Appeal
  • Lowther Hall Golf Day
  • MVCC/Rotary/ Ovarian Cancer for International Women’s Day
  • Make A wish tin rattling Alister Clark Stakes Night raising approx. $1600
April
28 Community Groups provided with donations. 
Value: $7,448
  • Dogs for Kids with disabilities
  • Sunbury Fire Brigade Support Group
  • Tobin Brothers Foundation – Fundraising Dinner
  • Cystic Fibrosis Charity Ball and Ladies Luncheon
  • Keilor Heights Primary – Annual Mother’s Day Dinner
  • Brunswick North West Primary – Annual Trivia Night
May
27 Community Groups provided with donations. 
Value: $8,738
  • Pink Lady Footy Match - High Tea MCG
  • Doxa Charity Lunch
  • Make A Wish Charity Ball
  • Coburg West Primary School - Trivia Night
  • Ave Maria College Timor-leste Ball
  • MS Fundraiser& Fun Run walk
June
32 Community Groups provided with donations. 
Value: $9,240
  • The Haven Foundation- Annual Charity Ball
  • Down Syndrome - Holly's Breakfast
  • Essendon Primary- Gala Ball
  • Orphans of Ghana Charity ball – Rotary Club of Frankston Long Island
  • Breast West
  • Aberfeldie Primary School- Aberfest Bi Annual Fete
  • CFA Large Animal Rescue UNIT
July
16 Community Groups provided with donations. 
Value: $5,720
  • Pascoe Vale Primary- 125th Anniversary Fete
  • Essendon Bowls MND Fundraiser for N Daniher
  • Doutta Galla Aged Care Concert Fundraiser
  • Holy Rosary School - Kensington
  • Chautauqua, Owner for a Night Fundraiser for Pinchapoo
  • Crohn's & Colitis inspired adventures
  • Monash Children’s Hospital
  • St Peter’s Parish Primary Keilor East- Trivia Night
August
20 different organisations were provided with donations
Value: $5590
  • Assisi Aged Care
  • Sun Stud and Gunbower Racing Club
  • Athletics Essendon
  • A number or pre schools and primary schools
  • Relay for Life fundraisers
  • We encourage our employees to make regular donations to a charity that is close to their heart. In our matched giving scheme, it is MVRC’s policy to match dollar for dollar, any amount that a staff member raises through active participation and fundraising, for an internally approved charity or activity. The company will match the amount raised, up to $750 each time.

    Employee driven suggested sponsorship and donations We ask staff on a quarterly basis to nominate charities or a cause they believe is in need of MVRC’s support. Once a quarter, we undertake an employee-suggested goal and support the selected charity or cause through direct financial contribution or participation in fundraising etc.

    From time to time staff will also be encouraged to donate non-perishable goods, blankets and second hand clothes to assist with community support appeals as required.
    • Workplace Giving

      We encourage our employees to make regular donations to a charity that is close to their heart. In our matched giving scheme, it is MVRC’s policy to match dollar for dollar, any amount that a staff member raises through active participation and fundraising, for an internally approved charity or activity. The company will match the amount raised, up to $750 each time.

      Employee driven suggested sponsorship and donations We ask staff on a quarterly basis to nominate charities or a cause they believe is in need of MVRC’s support. Once a quarter, we undertake an employee-suggested goal and support the selected charity or cause through direct financial contribution or participation in fundraising etc.

      From time to time staff will also be encouraged to donate non-perishable goods, blankets and second hand clothes to assist with community support appeals as required.
  • It is proposed that all permanent employees receive up to two days paid time to volunteer for community activities, either participating in organised MVRC events, or undertaking their own community volunteer activities. Staff may volunteer independently, or as a team, on days agreed to by their departmental manager.
    • Volunteer Community Contribution

      It is proposed that all permanent employees receive up to two days paid time to volunteer for community activities, either participating in organised MVRC events, or undertaking their own community volunteer activities. Staff may volunteer independently, or as a team, on days agreed to by their departmental manager.
  • An estimated 5.4 million people get involved in volunteer work in Australia each year, but many community groups feel that a shortage of volunteers is having a real impact on their ability to deliver crucial services.

    We believe we have some of the most talented and capable people in Australia working for us. From marketing and financial specialists, to hospitality and horticulturists, our people have significant expertise and skills that can be volunteered. 

    However, the single biggest barrier to volunteering is finding the time. And now, we at The Valley are on a mission to deliver eight thousand volunteering hours, generating excess of $300,000 in value to our community by 2020.
    • More Than Just A Pair Of Hands

      An estimated 5.4 million people get involved in volunteer work in Australia each year, but many community groups feel that a shortage of volunteers is having a real impact on their ability to deliver crucial services.

      We believe we have some of the most talented and capable people in Australia working for us. From marketing and financial specialists, to hospitality and horticulturists, our people have significant expertise and skills that can be volunteered. 

      However, the single biggest barrier to volunteering is finding the time. And now, we at The Valley are on a mission to deliver eight thousand volunteering hours, generating excess of $300,000 in value to our community by 2020.
  • ‘Coxy’, the Cox Plate Mascot, and Hoofa intend to conduct numerous educational and promotional tours with the Cox Plate replica where they will visit local kindergartens, primary schools and community groups to promote all the good things that Coxy and Hoofa can do for our community.

    By taking Coxy and Hoofa out to market we will be aligning ourselves to a wider industry objective of getting children exposed to racing and learning about the parts of the business that will be appealing to children – Horses! We would also like to look at a school program that brings children to The Valley, with initiatives such as Pony Club and the Speed to Safety finals were we can align with Racing Victoria to assist with their community objectives.
    • Coxy's Big Day Out

      ‘Coxy’, the Cox Plate Mascot, and Hoofa intend to conduct numerous educational and promotional tours with the Cox Plate replica where they will visit local kindergartens, primary schools and community groups to promote all the good things that Coxy and Hoofa can do for our community.

      By taking Coxy and Hoofa out to market we will be aligning ourselves to a wider industry objective of getting children exposed to racing and learning about the parts of the business that will be appealing to children – Horses! We would also like to look at a school program that brings children to The Valley, with initiatives such as Pony Club and the Speed to Safety finals were we can align with Racing Victoria to assist with their community objectives.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club is proud to implement many sustainable practices in our workplace that ensures we are doing our bit to help protect the environment in which we reside as well as community as to which we are a part of.

Through the implementation of a Comprehensive Water Management Strategy for the entire racecourse, the MVRC has reduced its potable water consumption by 60 megalitres annually - or 24 Olympic-size swimming pools – a 70% reduction compared to the same period before the project was implemented in 2010.

At the centre of the strategy was the Enhanced Storm Water Harvesting initiative jointly funded by City West Water, which involved the following projects: improving the catchment capacities of the racecourse and neighbouring streets; cleaning and re-engineering the gravity fed internal drainage networks; joining the Southern and Central drainage networks; installing a Humeguard Gross Pollution Trap to collect and remove rubbish and sediment; installing weir gates to re-direct stormwater; increasing the dam capacity from 14 to 24 megalitres; and improving the Club’s in-ground irrigation system.

Additionally, as stormwater harvesting is conducted entirely through a gravity fed system, pumping of water into the dam is not required. This means the Club is saving energy by not relying on pumps and other devices that deliver mains system water. Plus, by removing 60 megalitres of stormwater from the system, we save around 150kg of nitrogen per year that would otherwise have entered Port Phillip Bay.

The racetrack comprises over 30,000 square metres of premium Blue Grass Rye turf with a 270mm sand based profile, designed specifically for its high drainage capability and ability to recycle excess water back into the dam.

Importantly, the our staff have been an integral part of the Club’s water saving strategies and have embraced the racecourse’s environmental sustainability goals. For example, our gardeners have designed and constructed drought-tolerant gardens using stone mulch, direct dripper irrigation and drought resistant-plants, plus the track and ground staff have re-planted the main public lawn with drought-resistant kikuyu turf.

Overall, the MVRC has undertaken enormous steps to ensure it is as water efficient as possible, saving many millions of litres of Melbourne’s precious water supply.

The MVRC won the SaveWater Business Award (Large Business) in 2010 for this project.