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Rockhampton Jockey Club Partnership With Qld Racing

Monday, 17th May 2010

The committee of the Rockhampton Jockey Club endorsed its members' decision to partner with Queensland Racing "in the development of a company that will own the land & existing infrastructure at Callaghan Park". RJC chairman Justin Doyle noted: "The racing landscape has changed significantly in recent years & it is time the racing industry looks to the future & addresses the external threats to this wonderful industry. The partnership with QR will enable the RJC to focus on enhancing our member & corporate facilities to improve the experience to Callaghan Park patrons, whilst also providing an opportunity to diversify the facilities to enable the venues to be used for non-racing related events. Importantly, the club will no longer be burdened with the financial responsibility of providing high quality racing & training facilities with this being taken over by Queensland Racing." QR chairman Bob Bentley added: "This decision paves the way for the formulation of a company similar to that in place at Corbould Park (at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast), where the Rockhampton Jockey Club will take full responsibility for member & public facilities & Queensland Racing will assume responsibility for the costs associated with providing top quality racing & training facilities. This model is the way of the future & will ensure the industry will be positioned to repel the challenges from external market forces & improve the product delivered to on & off-course consumers."

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