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19 April 2024

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The Redcliffe Peninsula Harness Racing and Sporting Club is set to shine brighter than ever with new broadcast lighting soon to be installed.

Funded through the Racing Infrastructure Fund, the $6 million project will provide new LED lighting and electrical infrastructure in order to deliver a better broadcast quality product for night racing.

Just as importantly, it will also facilitate safer trackwork in the early hours, whilst improving animal and participant welfare through more efficient lighting uniformity across the track.

Racing Minister Grace Grace said she was pleased that construction would commence imminently and would create more jobs in the Sunshine State.

“With the existing lighting and electrical infrastructure nearing its end of life, this state-of-the-art project ensures the famous ‘Triangle’ will meet expectations of both broadcasters and spectators alike," Minister Grace said.

“Redcliffe is one of the state’s most valuable harness training and racing venues, conducting more than 40% of the industry’s 310 race meetings annually, with around 300 horses trialing or in training at the venue every week.

“This project is expected to support 20 new jobs throughout construction, contributing to an industry which already delivers more than $2.2 billion in economic contribution to Queensland each year.”

L-R: RQ Acting EGM Infrastructure Brian Henningsen, Redcliffe HRC President Bernie Ring, Member for Redcliffe Yvette D'ath, up-coming candidate for Redcliffe Kass Hall, Redcliffe HRC Reg Vidler

The program of works is forecast over an 11-month period, with construction set to commence in April 2024, allowing the RHRC to maintain its racing and training operations during construction.

“This is a vital project for the future of The Triangle, with both participant and animal welfare is at its forefront,” RPHRC President Bernie Ring said.

“Racing under lights is synonymous with Redcliffe, and this upgrade ensures that spectators on-course and at home won’t miss a second of the action.

“We’d like to thank both Racing Queensland and the Miles Government for their support and delivery of this project.”

Member for Redcliffe Yvette D'Ath said the local community would also benefit from the project. 

“This project is another fantastic example of the Miles Government delivering for Queensland’s racing industry," she said.

“Ask anyone about racing in Redcliffe and they’ll tell you how important night racing is.

“It’s great to see the ball rolling on this exciting project.”