Bundamba Racecourse blueprint released
A $30 MILLION project, jobs for Ipswich people, national and international exposure, the busiest racing venue in Australia, more than 300 race meetings a year and three codes of racing at the one venue.
The proposed redevelopment of Ipswich racetrack at Bundamba into a multi-purpose racing facility received some bad reviews but no one could deny its impact and significance.
Highlights of the proposed Ipswich redevelopment include:
A lit 1000m long x 20m wide harness track
A lit 445m long x seven-metre wide greyhound track
Straight greyhound training track
Maintenance to course proper
Major horse, pedestrian and vehicular tunnels
Internal roads and car parking
Multi-functional public facilities building
Grassed marquee areas
Barrier and machinery sheds
The lack of a training track for racehorses in the draft plan announced last month angered Ipswich trainers but Racing Queensland chairman Bob Bentley promised to listen to their concerns.
Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said he was excited about the scope of the racetrack’s transformation.
“There will be harness racing and greyhounds every day of the week and gallops on the Friday,” Mr Kitching said.
“Basically apart from Ipswich Cup, there will be no racing on Saturday, so the whole venue will be available for things like community events and trade shows. In the draft plan there is a 500-seat facility in the infield.”
Mr Bentley said a feedback process was conducted with relevant industry and community stakeholders after the draft plan was released and a final plan would be announced soon.
That would form the basis on which Racing Queensland would seek extra funding resources.