Night racing will come to the Gold Coast as part of the long-awaited $38-million redevelopment plans for the city's turf club.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday announced the approval of $31.5 million to redevelop the 75-year-old racecourse, saying that it would become Australia’s “most impressive night racing venue”.
“This multi-million-dollar redevelopment will transform the Gold Coast Turf Club into one of the best racing venues in the country,” Palaszczuk said in a statement.
The project, which had been mooted for many years, was announced ahead of the state election last year.
To date, $1.5 million has been put towards feasibility and planning. The turf club is contributing $5 million towards the project.
The redevelopment will include the racing surfaces modernised to an all-weather synthetic track, the latest technology in lights for night racing and an in-field tunnel.
Work on the new track is expected to start later this year and is slated to be completed before the Magic Millions race day in January next year. The project will also go to tender later this year.
Racing Minister Grace Grace described the club’s redevelopment as the “next game-changer for Queensland racing”.
“This investment means Australia’s favourite holiday destination will now have another thrill to offer, potentially rivalling Hong Kong’s massive tourism drawcard, Happy Valley.” she said
The project is expected to provide an 330 jobs during construction.