Trots home needs cash
THE Gold Coast Harness Racing Club has been given approval to build a new home but there’s one problem – it doesn’t have the money to do it.
The Gold Coast City Council’s planning committee has approved $15 million plans to build a 1000m-1500m track,stables and spectator facilities
on a site in the city’s most northern pocket.
The project, which received unanimous support from the committee, will be at Alberton on the corner of Zipfs and Alberton roads and will replace
the Parklands facility that was demolished in 2013.
However, the club says it will be unable to realise its dream until there is a resolution to a legal battle with the State Government.
Earlier this year, harness club president Barry Grimsey said the club had agreed to purchase the Alberton land on the basis of plans being approved
by council and a compensation agreement being reached with the Government.
The Government had promised $10 million to develop a new home for the club
but the cost of setting up a new track had been projected at $17million.
“Now that it has gone through the council it is great news for us but we need to find out if the Government will be assisting us with building this complex,” Mr Grimsey said.
“The Racing Minister is now looking at our business development plan, so we just need them to sign off.
“The court case remains ongoing and we are waiting for our state leaders to come to the table which is something that has been a long time coming.”
According to planning documents which went before council yesterday, the complex will have a grandstand near the finishing line, administration offices, a caretaker’s residence,race day stables and room for up to 50 visitors.
Race meetings will be held twice a week on Thursday and Fridays from 12.30-5.30pm with the land used for training on other days.
Acting city planning boss Lex Bell said he hoped the committee’s decision would be endorsed at today’s full council meeting.
26 Jun 2015
Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD