Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) has recently been approached by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) and the Tweed Heads Coursing Club (THCC) with the proposal of transferring Border Park greyhound racing to Queensland’s racing jurisdiction.
Border Park, managed by THCC, is located adjacent to the Gold Coast on the Queensland and NSW border and is utilised by industry participants from both states.
This proposal will be presented to the new Queensland Greyhound Racing Board and Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board for consideration.
Currently, GRNSW conduct 38 Non-TAB race meetings per year at Border Park. Under the proposal, a transfer to Queensland’s racing jurisdiction could result in two weekly TAB race meetings, a potential for 104 race meetings a year.
RQL chairman Kevin Dixon believes the proposal shows substantial merit and is worthy of further investigation.
“Greyhound racing on the Gold Coast was lost several years ago and it seems only logical to investigate a proposal on the nearby Border Park facility.”
GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan said the proposal could see great outcomes for participants in both NSW and Queensland.
“If Border Park remained a GRNSW controlled track, the number of TAB meetings that could be held at the venue would fall well short of what RQL could potentially provide,” Mr Hogan said.
“GRNSW see this proposal as an ideal opportunity to benefit participants and to grow greyhound racing in the Tweed, no matter which side of the border they live on.”
Gold Coast-based, leading greyhound trainer Tony Zammit believes a third track in the Gold Coast region could only benefit the industry.
“The Tweed Heads facility could be a good solution so long as the venue is improved into a one turn, sand track and the meetings run by Queensland have TAB status,” said Mr Zammit.
“Currently, it’s a non-TAB venue, but if the prizemoney increases and the venue is upgraded, it will incentivise more trainers to travel and use the facility.”