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Offline Arsenal

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O.P. « 2017-Feb-08, 08:53 AM »
Last night TV news had a gathering of Labor members in Logan  possibly on the site intended for the one turn greyhound track Cronulla Park  in Logan a city in itself but close to an outer Brisbane suburb .....Cronulla Park was mentioned fleetingly and it appears a decision has been made that the track will not go ahead.......no further or better particulars are available but this is a major let down for the greyhound industry.

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« 2017-Feb-08, 03:56 PM Reply #1 »
I thought everyone expected this outcome  :chin:

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« 2017-Feb-08, 04:03 PM Reply #2 »
So where is the promised funding to the Greyhound Industry from the sale of the Gold Coast?

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« 2017-Feb-08, 06:01 PM Reply #3 »
So where is the promised funding to the Greyhound Industry from the sale of the Gold Coast?

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I think it's being held in the RQ accounts unexpended.....would need to check the annual report to confirm and I haven't seen or heard anything apart from the few words spoken on TV news last night. Pretty poor deal and the trots haven't got anything either after losing Parkland .


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« 2017-Feb-08, 08:30 PM Reply #4 »
So where is the promised funding to the Greyhound Industry from the sale of the Gold Coast?

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Wasn't the land owned by the club itself?  :chin:

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« 2017-Feb-09, 01:40 AM Reply #5 »
I think it's being held in the RQ accounts unexpended.....would need to check the annual report to confirm and I haven't seen or heard anything apart from the few words spoken on TV news last night. Pretty poor deal and the trots haven't got anything either after losing Parkland .


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If it is unexpended in RQ's accounts you can bet it is headed for Government's Con Rev. ready to be spent getting cheap votes at the next election.

This happened on a massive scale when the NSW Govt at the time sold the TAB and gave the 3 codes zilch in spite of their obvious implied ownership - unlike Victoria where they got a share of poker machine revenue that reached $23 million a year at one stage as compensation for the loss of their wagering arm.

Like happened in the past in Victoria, and is happening now in NSW, you must have the Government on side and not politicizing racing.

If the Government changes at the next NSW election - looking increasingly likely, the opposition leader Luke Foley is a big racing fan and has been supportive of any changes all along.

I'm really shocked and saddened by what is happening in Queensland racing, and the theft of assets does not surprise. In amongst all the finger pointing, successive governments must take responsibility for this politicization, and someone fix it up. Unfortunately the political will to do this seems to be absent at this time in our history. It will have to change one day. You'd hope  :sad:

Being cheap and nasty with industry assets doesn't help. Has any politician come out yet and used those famous words from Michael Egan (NSW Treasurer when the TAB got sold) and stated "we need the money for hospitals and schools". If not, wait for it. It will come  :rant:

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« 2017-Feb-09, 07:39 PM Reply #6 »
UPDATE: The plan to build a greyhound racing track at Cronulla Park in Logan has officially been scrapped to make way for a new youth and sporting facility which will benefit more residents in the long term.

The 10 hectare site on the corner of Compton and Kingston Rds at Slacks Creek had been earmarked for greyhound racing for a number of years, but that decision has now been overturned after tens of thousands of complaints were made from residents who did not wish for the track to go ahead.

The State Government will return the land back to the Logan City Council and promised to provide up to $6.6 million which will go towards construction of a new multi-purpose Police Citizens Youth Centre (PCYC) which will replace the current PCYC on Jacaranda Ave in Woodridge.

The council will also commence a community engagement process in the future to ask residents what other sporting facilities they would like to see built on the land.


The majority of Logan's Labor MPs, as well as State Minister for Racing Grace Grace and Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt met with Logan Mayor Luke Smith to announce the plans on Tuesday morning and to put the community's fears to bed once and for all.

Racing Minister Grace Grace confirmed Cronulla Park would never again be the focus for dog racing.

"As Racing Minister I just want to confirm that Cronulla Park will no longer proceed as a greyhound racing track," she said. "Racing Queensland were very keen to ensure that when we do build facilities for the racing industry it would be in an area that would welcome those facilities.

"Racing Queensland is currently working on a five year infrastructure plan that includes additional facilities for the racing industry but I can categorically say Cronulla Park will no longer be used for Racing Queensland.

"We are looking forward to some world class facilities being built here.

"The community of Logan are the real winners with this decision."

Logan Mayor Luke Smith said he was thrilled with the State Government's decision to stop the greyhound track from moving forward.

"What this announcement signifies is elected representatives from two levels of government listened to the voice of the people. The people were overwhelmingly telling us they did not want greyhounds in Logan," Cr Smith said.

"I am so happy that greyhound racing in Logan is well and truly muzzled.

"It will not be happening. The end has now been signified."

Cr Smith also praised the good work which PCYC's contribute to society and said the construction of a brand new, multi-million facility was a big win for his constituents.

"We are excited about the potential for the 10 hectare site in the middle of suburbia to be utilised for a multi-sports complex, and to have an anchor tenant like the PCYC is just fantastic," he said.

"The PCYC are a foundation of our community. They do so much in our community that touches every part and every facet of the city of Logan and we value them, which is why as a council we fund them on a yearly basis and contribute toward their activities."

https://www.qt.com.au/news/breaking-logan-greyhound-racing-track-formally-scr/3140509/


Well that's the end of that......if I remember correctly this land was offered to a number of sporting organisations which all rejected it on the basis that it had been a toxic dump....then it was offered for the one turn greyhound track which was accepted by some in the industry but opposed by others and the Council also  had conflicting views but in the end the wowsers won out... if the toxins buried pose danger to whoever gets to play there there'll be trouble.

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