Racing, now, on infrastructure plan
RACING Queensland (RQ) has published its infrastructure plan for future growth.
RQ CEO Eliot Forbes said the infrastructure plan represented a major component of the overall commercial plan that would lay the foundation for growth in 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,” Mr Forbes said.
“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 were 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 said the first of the projects under the RIF were 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.
Other projects seeking approval include the 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 a tunnel for infield car-parking to allow commercial development; Townsville greyhound facility refurbishment; and the 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.