A $6.2 million upgrade of the greyhound racing track and patrons’ facilities at Glenview Park, will transform the experience for those watching the dogs at Traralgon.
Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine said the track at Glenview Park was over 40 years old and no longer met modern needs.
“The redevelopment will include the construction of an entirely new track together with a standalone pavilion with modern hospitality services for patrons,” Dr Napthine said.
“Twenty five jobs will be created by this project including fifteen for the track redevelopment and ten for the pavilion construction.”
“This major project will see the old track ripped up and the realignment of the track from a north-south orientation to east-west. All new world-class racing infrastructure and equipment will be installed,” Dr Napthine said.
The new standalone pavilion on the home straight will include:
– Seating for 160 patrons indoors;
– An outdoor deck at the eastern end of the pavilion;
– Ramp access at both the eastern and western ends; and
– A new judges and stewards tower.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said this fantastic new facility will make greyhound racing at Traralgon a more intimate and user-friendly experience.
“The facility will also be available for non-raceday functions, providing the club with increased opportunities to generate revenue and to establish stronger links with the community,” Mr Northe said.
Greyhound Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Adam Wallish said the funding was vital to ensuring the success of the Victorian racing industry.
“We strongly believe the development of fantastic facilities, both for patrons and greyhound trainers, will attract and retain more participants and enhance the economic benefits flowing to Traralgon and surrounding areas,” Mr Wallish said.
Traralgon Greyhound Racing Cub President, Don Haley said the new patron facilities would allow for more corporate and community functions to be held and would attract new people to the sport of greyhound racing.
“We are proud of our 41-year history here at Glenview Park and are now very excited about the next 41 years. This redevelopment is terrific news for the strong greyhound racing community in the Latrobe Valley,” Mr Haley said.
The Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1.2 million from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund for this project with the balance of $5.02 million being contributed by Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the racing industry and the economic benefits and jobs the industry generates.
“Greyhound racing is a major contributor to the Victorian economy, providing more than $315 million in annual economic benefits and over 3,000 jobs across the state,” Dr Napthine said.
“The Coalition Government’s $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund derived from unclaimed wagering dividends and on-course wagering taxes is focused on further developing these important economic benefits.”