Racing will resume at Redcliffe Paceway on Wednesday following the completion of a $300,000 track upgrade.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Attorney-General and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath inspected the venue after stewards approved the return to racing.
Mr Hinchliffe said it was terrific news for the region, as it was the most significant Racing Queensland investment in the venue this decade.
“Add to that the fact that new economic data has revealed that harness racing is responsible for generating $21.7 million to the Moreton Bay economy each year,” he said.
“More than 18,000 people come to harness racing meetings here, and there are more than 600 participants, including 65 trainers.
“Most significantly, however, is that it provides more than 180 full-time jobs right here in Moreton Bay, which is why the Palaszczuk Government supports racing in the Sunshine State.”
Mrs D’Ath said that the paceway played an important role across the region and the State.
“There’s no doubting that it’s a significant contributor to the Queensland harness racing industry,” Mrs D’Ath.
“With more than 100 race meetings each year, it will provide participants with a new and improved racing surface and upgraded training facilities.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing it back in action next week.”
Redcliffe Harness Racing Club president Bernie Ring said the unique 800-metre track was expected to be better than new when it reopens next week.
“This is the first time the track has been resurfaced in 10 years,” Mr Ring said.
“I’ve been down to look at it a couple of time and it looks great.
“In time I think we will see faster and perhaps some records broken once the track has settled in.”