The redevelopment of the Gold Coast Turf Club is now officially underway, with the state government calling on expressions of interest.
The $38 million transformation is hoped to be a game-changer for Queensland’s racing industry, and go a long way to boost tourism and hospitality offerings across the southeast.
While the state government will provide most of the budget, the Turf Club will also kick in around $5 million.
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During construction, it will provide around 325 jobs and add more than $100 million to the local economy.
The project was an election commitment from the Palaszczuk Government in 2020.
Racing Minister Grace Grace says it will provide enormous opportunities going forward.
“The Gold Coast racing industry already supports almost 1100 local jobs from trainers and jockeys through to hospitality workers, farriers and equine nurses.
“This project will transform Aquis Park into a world-class facility and Australia’s best night racing track.
“Work at the Turf Club will see the racing surfaces completely modernised including the installation of an all-weather synthetic track, along with the latest technology in lights for night racing; an in-field tunnel to provide increased equine welfare and health and safety benefits; and increased commercial opportunities.”
Expressions of interest are now open and will close on October 7. Racing Queensland will then put together a shortlist of respondents.
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