Ballarat Greyhound Track Redevelopment Reaches Home Straight
Written By Kevin Pitstock, Editor Australian Racing Greyhound Wednesday 5th September 2012
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine today visited the Ballarat greyhound track to inspect progress on the $3.2 million redevelopment which will transform the grandstand and track into a world-class centre.
â€śin Ballarat will enjoy a better and brighter future with these major works nearing completion,â€ť Dr Napthine said.
â€śThe track will feature the highest quality racing surface, new lure system, new split timing and semaphore board, new lighting and fencing and a water saving irrigation system to ensure the track remains in the safest condition.
â€śWork is also well underway in overhauling the judgesâ€™ tower and broadcast facilities, improving access for the public and upgrading the kitchen and bar area for an even better dining experience.
â€śThe Victorian Coalition Government is pleased to deliver this exciting project for Ballarat which is on track for completion in October when the greyhounds will once again take to the track for an exciting night of racing.
â€śis already hugely popular with local trainers, families and racing enthusiasts, but after 34 years of running a very busy racing schedule, racing and trialing every week, the time has come to take the regionâ€™s racing facilities into the future,â€ť Dr Napthine said.
â€śThe new race track will be a massive benefit to the Victorian racing industry, and the improved function room will be sought for a variety of uses by the local ,â€ť Mr Bennett said.
GRV Chairman Peter Caillard said the industry was excited about the new track as Ballaratâ€™s Morshead Park was historically one of the most popular greyhound tracks among punters.
â€śAfter a six month redevelopment we look forward to trialing on the brand new track for the first time this Tuesday (September 11) in the lead up to the first official race meeting on October 3 followed by an opening night later that month,â€ť Mr Caillard said.
â€śThe upgraded facility will not only benefit race-goers and the local, but also the greyhounds and trainers with an increased range of distances on offer including 309m, 390m, 450m, 545m and 660m.â€ť
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