Goulburn Greyhounds All Set For First TAB Greyhound Racing Date
Written By Michael East Wednesday 25th July 2012
GoulburnClub 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 andNSW 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 judgeâ€™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
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 Club become a
beneficiary of the NSW Governmentâ€™s Country Racing Fund.
â€śI congratulate Goulburn Club on receiving this important funding and on behalf of the NSW Government thank Goulburn Mulwaree Council and NSW for their commitment to this project.â€ť
GoulburnClub Secretary Patrick Day said the new facilities would provide one of the best race day experiences in regional Australia.
â€śThese world-class facilities and the long-awaited introduction of TAB racing will make Goulburn a great destination to race greyhounds,â€ť Mr Day said.
â€śI would like to thank Goulburn Mulwaree Council, the NSW Government andNSW for supporting the upgrade and making it a reality.â€ť
Brent Hogan encouraged participants of the sport to take advantage of the new facilities on offer.NSW Chief Executive
â€śGoulburn 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,â€ť Mr Hogan said. â€śWe are now providing a TAB C racing option to owners and trainers from Sydney to Canberra and beyond as we further expand our TAB, which Iâ€™m sure will be appreciated by participants.â€ť
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.
â€śThe Council was very happy to co-fund the new kennel block to allow for TABto come to Goulburn,â€ť Mr. Berry said. â€śWe 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.â€ť
â€śWe are also really looking forward to the construction of the new Multi-Use Facility, in whichNSW 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 use.â€ť
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, withNSW contributing $300,000.