Racing Queensland (RQ) has awarded the tender for Townsville track remediation to North Queensland company, Maccas Sports Turf after a competitive and open tendering process.
The Townsville Turf Club (TTC) track was closed after the Townsville Mater Cup on July 29 for remediation and a scope of work was put out to tender. Three submissions were received by the end of the tendering process on Friday the 4th of August.
A number of factors were considered in awarding the successful tender including the cost of the work and the ability of the contractor to undertake the work in a timely yet effective manner.
TTC and RQ have worked closely and collaboratively to ensure that the renovation could be actioned as soon as possible after the carnival.
TTC Chairman Malcolm Petrofski said the staff have played a great role in keeping the surface in a fit condition for racing.
“I want to thank my team for the hard work that has gone into keeping the track in good racing condition for the Winter carnival.”
“The current committee is actively working with staff and RQ to ensure the skill levels are appropriate and we have the correct equipment to maintain the track on completion so that we can keep the track pristine and extend the renovation periods.
“RQ has already supplied the phantom corer machine which will greatly assist the track and training was conducted on this last week,” said Mr Petrofski.
Prior to the tender being awarded a contracting company undertook work on the track. Sand and chemicals were also sourced to fast track the remediation.
RQ CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said there was a miscommunication by a Racing Queensland staff member during this period which is now under review.
“Some work took place that was originally intended to be part of the broader scope of remediation. When that was discovered work was stopped and the tender re-scoped to take account of the work already undertaken. The integrity of the tender process was not impacted by this miscommunication and the tender was awarded in strict accordance with policies and procedures.
“Sand and chemicals were also ordered by RQ as part of that miscommunication and delivered to the club. The TTC played no role in the sourcing of that material or the work that began on the surface. The sand, while deemed acceptable for other purposes at the site, will not be used for the track surface as it doesn’t meet RQ’s stringent standards.”
The remediation of the Townsville track is scheduled to be completed for a return to racing in September.