OVERHAUL: Turf club’s plan to redevelop Gatton racing
THE Lockyer Valley Turf Club will prepare for a major overhaul, if LNP win this year's state election.
Member for Lockyer Jim McDonald announced a future LNP government would commit $60,000 towards the Lockyer Valley Turf Club's business plan to upgrade the racing facility.
Visiting the club, Mr McDonald was joined by opposition for Sport and Racing Mr John-Paul Langbroek to make the announcement.
"A future LNP government will commit $60,000 towards the Lockyer Valley Turf Club's business plan,' Mr McDonald said.
"This contribution will ensure the clubs vision for the future of racing in Lockyer can be brought into fruition."
Turf Club President, Mr Terry Kirkwood, welcomed the announcement and detailed what the funding could mean for the club.
"This funding would be a huge boost for the club," Mr Kirkwood said.
"The club and its partners have so far contributed $60,000 towards this concept design but we need more funding to see our business plan become a reality."
The Lockyer Valley Turf Club acknowledge the commitment of the LNP Local Member Jim McDonald and Shadow Minister for Sport and Racing John-Paul Langbroek for $60,000 to the turf club, if elected, to contribute towards supporting the business case and detailed design of the Racing and Equine Precinct development.
Kirkwood thanked the equine collaborative, including the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Turf Club, Racing Queensland, Ipswich and West Moreton RDA and UQ Veterinary Science, for the good work completed so far on the concept designs.
"The business case is envisaged to be completed by early 2021," Kirkwood said.
Both Mr Kirkwood and Mr McDonald expressed the benefit the plan would have for local employment and country racing.
"At a time where employment is at an highest, this commitment to ensuring a shovel ready project will help generate local jobs and boost the Lockyer Turf Club's appeal within the country racing industry," Mr McDonald said.
Mr John-Paul Langbroek said it was a great project for the club.
"The Lockyer Valley turf Club have been on the front foot. I am proud to deliver this funding to give the local area and country racing a boost," he said.