Racing Queensland Board Approves Infrastructure Plan for Growth
Racing Queensland (RQ) has published its infrastructure plan aimed at growing racing for future generations.
RQ CEO, Dr Eliot Forbes said the infrastructure plan represents a major component of the overall commercial plan that lays the foundation for the growth of all three codes of racing in Queensland.
“Our vision to connect people through the thrill of racing can only become reality if we deliver on the wide range of infrastructure needs and grow racing and non-racing revenue.
“The focus is on fulfilling the infrastructure needs of industry and generating commercial income from industry assets. We also aim to create enduring community benefits and improve club sustainability.”
The plan is based on feedback from the recent infrastructure submission process, independent research, stakeholder engagement and Racing Queensland’s venue inspection database. The process identified that there are infrastructure needs of $198 million and a $78 million shortfall because there is only $120 million available through the Racing Infrastructure Fund (RIF).
Racing Minister Grace Grace has already announced the first of the projects under the RIF – the $6 million country and regional racing package and the $13 million project for the Ipswich Turf Club. Work on both of those projects is already underway in multiple locations.
There are numerous other priority projects which we will aim to deliver over the next two years, subject to government approval, including:
- Ipswich Greyhound Club relocation, ideally featuring a one-turn track
- Brisbane Racing Club Eagle Farm track remediation
- Gold Coast Turf Club track remediation, lights for night racing and potentially a tunnel for infield car-parking to allow commercial development
- Townsville greyhound facility refurbishment
- Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club relocation incorporating a double turn track and a straight track
Projects for potential funding include on-course stabling at Townsville Turf Club, an upgrade to the course at Doomben, renovation of the synthetic track on the Sunshine Coast, a contribution to the sports club at Toowoomba and expansion of the on-course stabling in Cairns. Racing Queensland will continue to accept project submissions on an ongoing basis.
Racing Queensland is close to selecting two final sites that will drive the growth of greyhound racing in South-East Queensland. The venues will provide new homes for the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club and the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club and will be designed for optimal greyhound performance and safety, with air-conditioned kennels, veterinary and training services.
The vision for the harness code is to ensure there are two landmark venues to service the needs of the code in locations that best position it for growth. Racing Queensland is working with harness stakeholder groups to determine the best way forward.
The infrastructure plan has been informed by extensive research which has found that both the harness and greyhound codes have the highest potential for active engagement to the south and west of Brisbane.
Download the full Infrastructure plan here.