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Major Redevelopment For Moe Racecourse
Victoria's premier Ted Baillieu & minister for racing Denis Napthine announced yesterday that Moe Racecourse will receive a $4.5 million track redevelopment. All meetings for the 2012-13 season have been transferred to other courses and the Moe Cup hasn't been held at home since 2010 due to an invasion of poa grass which has made the surface unsafe and unstable. "Racing in the Gippsland region is worth more than $110 million to the economy and 1,700 jobs so this investment at Moe Racecourse to get racing back on track is crucial. It is expected that following the track redevelopment, racing will return in time for next October's Moe Cup meeting allowing the local community to enjoy high class racing and all of the exciting festivities on that day," premier Baillieu said in a press release. Chairman of Moe Racing Club Paul Davis commented: "The investment in a StrathAyr all-weather surface will ensure that Moe can have a racetrack that will serve the local community and the racing industry well into the future. The racecourse will have a complete overhaul to install new drainage and replace the current racing surface with kikuyu turf track developed by StrathAyr. The project also includes the installation of automatic irrigation and the club is looking to install a new starting chute to allow for races over the classic 2400m distance."