Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club is less than a week away from staging its first TAB meeting and unveiling new state-of-the-art facilities that will make it one of the premier regional greyhound tracks in Australia.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Geoff Kettle and Greyhound Racing NSW Chairman Eve McGregor will both be on hand at the Goulburn track on Tuesday 31 July to officially open the new facilities, which include a world-class kennel block and a new judge’s tower.
The upgrade, which cost more than $900,000, was achieved due to an unprecedented three-way partnership between the NSW Government, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Greyhound Racing NSW.The unveiling of the new facilities coincides with Goulburn being granted TAB status, meaning each race meeting will be
beamed live into living rooms across Australia and the rest of the world on Sky Racing. Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward said she was pleased to see Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club become a
beneficiary of the NSW Government’s Country Racing Fund.
“I congratulate Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club on receiving this important funding and on behalf of the NSW Government thank Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Greyhound Racing NSW for their commitment to this project.”
Goulburn Greyhound Racing Club Secretary Patrick Day said the new facilities would provide one of the best race day experiences in regional Australia.
“These world-class facilities and the long-awaited introduction of TAB racing will make Goulburn a great destination to race greyhounds,” Mr Day said.
“I would like to thank Goulburn Mulwaree Council, the NSW Government and Greyhound Racing NSW for supporting the upgrade and making it a reality.”
Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan encouraged participants of the sport to take advantage of the new facilities on offer.
“Goulburn is now a quality facility in a key regional area of NSW and I hope participants take advantage of it by nominating their greyhounds and experiencing the improvements first hand,” Mr Hogan said. “We are now providing a TAB C racing option to owners and trainers from Sydney to Canberra and beyond as we further expand our TAB network, which I’m sure will be appreciated by participants.”
Goulburn Mulwaree Council General Manager Chris Berry said the opening of the new facility was great for the city of Goulburn, as well as being the first stage of works that will transform the Recreation Area site.
“The Council was very happy to co-fund the new kennel block to allow for TAB greyhound racing to come to Goulburn,” Mr. Berry said. “We are delighted that this will now provide extra exposure for the Goulburn brand around Australia and the world through the televising of 40 greyhound race meetings per year.”
“We are also really looking forward to the construction of the new Multi-Use Facility, in which Greyhound Racing NSW has agreed to be a funding partner, which will provide outstanding amenities and comfort for racegoers as well as a multi-function area for wider community use.”
The Multi-Use Facility will feature a dedicated indoor viewing area overlooking the greyhound and harness tracks. The construction of the new building is scheduled to commence late in 2012 at a cost of $5.7 million, with Greyhound Racing NSW contributing $300,000.