The Gold Coast Turf Club redevelopment is under way after BMD Group was appointed to complete the multi-million dollar works.
In recent weeks, Martin Collins Australia was awarded the contract for the new all-weather synthetic track component of the project, which is set to commence construction this week and be completed prior to the 2023 Magic Millions Raceday.
The project, which is co-funded through the Racing Infrastructure Fund, the GCTC and RQ, will be delivered in stages to minimise operational downtime for the club.
It will also deliver state-of-the-art broadcast lighting that will position the Gold Coast as the most impressive night racing venue in Australia.
Racing Minister Grace Grace said she was pleased that construction would commence imminently and would create more jobs in the Sunshine State.
“This project will deliver fantastic opportunities for racing on the Gold Coast with the creation of night racing timeslots, better infrastructure and enhanced training amenities,” Minister Grace said.
“328 jobs are expected to be created during construction, which will be completed in stages to ensure the impact on the Gold Coast Turf Club is minimised.
“This project will inject more than $100 million into the local economy and create brilliant commercial opportunities with more racing at a world-class facility.
“I have no doubt this facility will add to the great lifestyle that Queenslanders have here on the Gold Coast.
“BMD Group has been appointed to complete the overall works, while Martin Collins Australia has been awarded the contract to build the all-weather synthetic track, which is expected to be completed ahead of the 2023 Magic Millions Raceday.
“The installation of a second synthetic track in South East Queensland will also provide an important contingency plan for training and racing activities during periods of wet weather.”
Since the installation of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club synthetic track in December, 15 rescheduled meetings have proceeded, with almost $4 million in prize money and bonuses returned to industry participants.
“As one of the nation’s busiest equine centres, the GCTC is a vital piece of racing infrastructure,” RQ Chairman Steve Wilson AM said.
“The re-development of the course proper, the installation of an all-weather synthetic track and upgrade to the B Grass track will provide benefits for the entire industry.
“Importantly, the project will enable the Gold Coast Turf Club to become the fourth metropolitan standard thoroughbred track in Queensland.”
Following next year’s Magic Millions Raceday, further works, including a new equine tunnel and the refurbishment of the Course Proper, will continue, scheduled to be completed prior to the 2024 Magic Millions.
Gold Coast Turf Club CEO Steve Lines said the new track would provide the Club with a range of exciting opportunities.
“After many years of hard work, we are excited to commence this project which will deliver a world class racing facility, as well as a significant piece in the jigsaw that will future proof the Industry on the Gold Coast,” Mr Lines said.
“We greatly appreciate the investment and the time of many people and would specifically like to thank Minister Grace, all the team involved at Racing Queensland, and GCTC Chairman Brett Cook who has worked tirelessly with our team to make it happen.”