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Racing Qld Releases $200m Industry Infrastructure Plan
Racing Queensland released its $200m Industry Infrastructure Plan "as a blueprint for the revitalisation of all 3 codes of racing". RQ chairman Bob Bentley said the plan "is about using existing industry venues more strategically, creating new multi-use facilities & modernising racing operations". Bentley declared: "Should this Industry Infrastructure Plan be implemented it would provide the single biggest capital injection into the Queensland racing industry. We are asking industry participants to back themselves by supporting the creation of new multi-use venues & embracing moves to make strategic use of other long-held facilities. For some, this change will be too difficult to even contemplate, let alone embrace. While it is impossible to please everyone, doing nothing is not an option." Bentley said the racing industry in Queensland currently contributes $1.44 billion to Gross State Product & employs around 30,000 people, but current trading conditions "do not allow clubs to undertake massive infrastructure upgrades. In the short time that Racing Queensland Limited has been in operation (since 1 July 2010) it has had the unique opportunity to look at the industry as a whole. As part of the amalgamation of the 3 codes, RQ has undertaken a review of all racing venues in order to make better use of the available facilities for the benefit of the entire industry & to secure the future of racing in Queensland." If implemented, the Industry Infrastructure Plan "would deliver an upgrade of facilities located in key racing areas. Hundreds of jobs would be created across the State, especially in regional Queensland, as RQ works to ensure Queensland has some of the finest facilities in the country." Highlights of IIP include:
- $30 million to develop a multi-use 3-code racing & training facility at the Ipswich Turf Club.
- $49 million to redevelop racing facilities at the Bundall Racecourse on the Gold Coast.
- $24 million to upgrade racing & training facilities in Beaudesert, as well as stabling to return it to TAB status.
- $18 million to totally redevelop Ooralea Racetrack in Mackay (including 80 on-course stables & upgraded public & member facilities).
- $15 million to redevelop Cluden Park in Townsville & relocate greyhounds to the racetrack as well as new training & stabling facilities.
- $6 million for Cairns for a multi-use greyhound & thoroughbreds facility as well as training.
- A further $4 million (on top of the $6 million already spent) to further upgrade Callaghan Park in Rockhampton.
- $900,000 for Country Racing to assist clubs reach minimum Occupational, Health & Safety standards.