Ipswich racetrack on cup day. The turf club has plans to redevelop the track.
Ipswich racetrack on cup day. The turf club has plans to redevelop the track. File

Racetrack will be 'priority': LNP

THE LNP says Ipswich racetrack will be a priority in what it describes as its rejuvenation of racing in Queensland.

The QT has repeatedly reported on Ipswich Turf Club's pursuit of support from the LNP for the club's redevelopment.

Yesterday, LNP leader Campbell Newman said the racing industry would get a new structure and greater support under an LNP government.

Ipswich will be part of a "priority review of infrastructure".

"Racing has declined across the state and the government has washed its hands of all responsibility for the health of the industry," Mr Newman said.

"Racing people have not been given the consideration, respect or hearing they deserve."

Deputy opposition leader and shadow racing minister Tim Nicholls said a new structure would give racing a fresh start.

"We'll provide the $110 million for racing infrastructure upgrades without insisting on equity in race tracks," he said.

"We do not support the forced sale of Albion Park and we won't go against the industry and local people on the development of Deagon. Ipswich and other tracks will be included in a priority review of infrastructure to ensure they meet the needs of industry and are sustainable."

He said the LNP would establish a new control board for each of the three racing codes and an all codes racing industry board with chairs of the three control boards.

ITC chairman Wayne Patch said the club stood on its record and was prepared to continue playing its role.

"Regardless of which political party is in power, ITC has proven it is an industry club providing a low cost, high quality racing product on days most other clubs are not interested in racing," Mr Patch said.

"The club has also created the largest race meeting in Queensland and has financial results which are the envy of other Queensland racing clubs. ITC has always and always will work with whichever control body is in place and whichever political party is elected."



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