Racing Queensland has announced the initial stages of phase two of the Industry Infrastructure Strategy, with a $22 million commitment to Gold Coast racing.
RQ Chairman Kevin Dixon said the board would today recommend two proposals for the approval of the Queensland Government, including a replacement venue for the Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club and a $10 million commitment to establish a new home for the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club.
“This announcement will provide clarity and certainty for the harness and greyhound industries,” Mr Dixon said.
“The Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club will have a $12 million new home at Cronulla Park in Logan which is set to include the construction of a one-turn track with additional kennels, patron facilities and car parking.
“We are delighted to announce this commitment to greyhound racing at Logan, as the project has been on and off the table for many years and finally the time is right to progress.
“Meanwhile, a $10 million commitment to the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club will allow all site options being canvassed to be fully scrutinized, with the funds preserved for Infrastructure spending until a viable way forward is agreed upon.”
Mr Dixon said there had been many options put forward for relocating the Gold Coast Harness Racing Club, and intensive investigations were underway to ensure the best possible outcome for the Gold Coast racing community and the wider Queensland industry.
“At this point no decision has been made on a preferred option, however we felt it was important to commit a project budget to allow each opportunity to be evaluated with consideration of budget capabilities,” he said.
“Both of these projects are highly important to RQ and the new harness and greyhound boards, with major planning scheduled to begin next month.”
Mr Dixon said business case submissions for the two Industry Infrastructure Strategy proposals would be submitted to the Queensland State government within coming weeks.