THE NEWMAN Government says racing on the Gold Coast is flourishing thanks to new infastructure at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
Premier Campbell Newman joined the huge crowd at the track today to enjoy its Melbourne Cup Day event and celebrate the turnaround of Queensland racing.
“The racing industry under Labor was plagued with scandal and uncertainty and there was no plan for the future,” Mr Newman said.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“My government cares about racing and we made a commitment to reinvigorate the industry.
“The first phase of Gold Coast Turf Club’s redevelopment saw a new grandstand lounge, bar and restaurant facilities, as well as the 10 new corporate boxes.
“The second phase, which is scheduled to begin next year, will mainly see improvements to the racing and training surfaces, which will significantly improve the quality of racing in the region.
“Judging by the impressive crowds at the club today, Gold Coast racing is on the up.
“But we know the industry can do even better, as long as the LNP Government can carry out its strong plan for Queensland racing.”
Racing Minister Steve Dickson said the Gold Coast redevelopment was creating local jobs and boosting the region’s economy.
He said a new 30-year wagering deal with Tatts Bet had cemented the future of Queensland racing.
“Thanks to this great deal, stakes on the Gold Coast are rising by 23 per cent,” Mr Dickson said.
“That money will help secure the future of thousands of Gold Coast families who rely on racing.
“We know that racing provides 30,000 Queenslanders with jobs, so it’s vital that the Newman LNP Government presses on with its strong plan for the industry.”
Queensland All Codes Racing Industry Board Chairman Kevin Dixon said the Gold Coast would remain a key part of the future of racing in the state.
“I would like to thank the State Government for its commitment to the Gold Coast and the wider racing industry,” Mr Dixon said.