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O.P. « 2017-May-14, 05:55 PM »
The Sunday Mail reports that QR has a solution of sorts to its financial problems ...the brains trust is trying to sell off Albion Park to developers and to find green field sites to accommodate separate tracks for greyhounds and harness racing........if it is able to do this it'll follow the pattern in both Sydney and Melbourne where Harold Park was sold and harness racing relocated to Menangle while nothing was sold in Melbourne harness racing originally at the Showgrounds did  relocate to Moonee Valley as a tenant of the MVRC and finally relocated to Melton.

Cronulla Park had been earmarked for greyhounds but it has been discarded while greyhounds are said to be satisfied the harness club isn't'

Interesting history of Albion Park initially owned by the BATC  which constructed a shell grit or granite track inside the sand galloping surface for harness racing which began when the lights were turned on in 1968  later the complex was taken over in a deal by Russ Hinze and made harness racing only conducted by the APHRC until the greyhounds were given a half share after a greyhound track was installed ..previous to this the main greyhound track was at the Gabba cricket ground.

None of this would have happened if The Bobster hadn't convinced the greyhounds and harness racing to give up their sole ownership of their respective control boards and amalgamate with the gallopers to form the one entity now morphed into Racing Queensland.

If the Harness racing board could turn back the clock I'm guessing they wouldn't have bought the  amalgamation deal which has landed them in this situation.

http://www.racingqueensland.com.au/Industry-News/2017/May/RQ-launches-EOI-process-for-new-Greyhound-and-Harn

From an earlier thread 2010 when Bob reneged on the agreement and they went to court.

http://www.racehorsetalk.com.au/harness/albion-park-ownership-history/

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« 2017-May-19, 08:47 AM Reply #1 »
You gotta wonder just how dumb are these boffins at RQ. Fancy calling for EOI for anyone interested in building a greyhound or trotting track. Do they think Woolworths, BHP or maybe Wesfarmers might be interested. Give us a break. The only groups that would be interested are existing dog and trot clubs that want or have to vacate their existing premises. Already detailed plans have been put forward and agreed to build a greyhound track inside bundamba and there are also plans for stand alone trot track at yatala. So why on earth would RQ call for a public expression of interest. Probably to stall the inevitable or just plain bumb.

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« 2017-Jun-04, 06:52 PM Reply #2 »
Courier Mail Sat 3June
HARNESSING A GRAND PLAN
Albion Park club’s bid for world-class status
EXCLUSIVE
TRENTON AKERS

HARNESS racing benefactor and property tycoon Kevin Seymour has unveiled plans to develop Brisbane’s Albion Park racetrack into a “worldclass facility”.
The proposed development would not require any monetary input from Racing Queensland.

Albion Park Harness Racing Club would bear the costs of the work which would include high-end housing development, a new stand, a first-class gaming facility, community hub and football field in the centre of the track.

The move is the latest in the battle between RQ and the harness industry over the prized property, with both parties at odds over who is the legal owner of the land.

Mr Seymour (left) is convinced the club is the rightful owner of the venue and the deal is contingent on RQ agreeing to this. He believes harness racing has the moral high ground because it owned the venue until the merger of the three codes in 2010.

His proposal comes only weeks after the club claimed it was blindsided by RQ over their plans to demolish the racetrack and build a commercial, residential and retail hub on the site worth an estimated $100 million.

RQ chief executive Dr Eliot Forbes last month said RQ’s plan to redevelop the site was needed to provide another revenue stream for the cash-strapped body.
“The ongoing sustainability and growth of racing in Queensland depends on the generation of non-racing revenue and the full realisation of commercial opportunities,” he said.

Mr Seymour disagreed, saying his proposed development would “launch harness racing into the next century”.
He said there would be numerous revenue streams from the housing development and gaming machines, along with the return of the famous Silks restaurant and bar turnover.

“If you build facilities that are as good, if not better than other things in the area, people will come to it,” he said.

“Any money raised at the facility would be put back into harness racing, making it stronger.

“The big thing is the Harness Racing Club is not asking for any money. It’s a no brainier for harness racing in Queensland.”

Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association president Dan Costello described such a development as equivalent to that of Eagle Farm recently for thoroughbreds.

“It’s great for the industry and it’s clear this sort of development will secure a future for harness racing,” he said.

The plan (artist’s impression above) is on an American model where race clubs with poker machines are able to pay twice the prize money for racing than those without them.



Proposed also in the development is the construction of a new RQ headquarters, allowing them to move out of the dated Deagon facility.

Mr Seymour insists his development plan will pass all local government and planning requirements.

The track was first constructed in 1893 before it was bought out by underworld figure John Wren in 1910.
News
HARNESSING A GRAND PLAN
Sunday Mail Editorial 4 June
Premier must support RQ


Racing Minister Grace Grace has a problem.

On the one hand the Racing Queensland board – which she appointed

– wants to redevelop Albion Park as a joint venture with a partner, setting it up as a parklands-style residentialcommercial opportunity which would provide an ongoing and sustainable income stream to help prop up thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds into the future.

But the Albion Park Harness Club has a vision for housing and a football field. The sole beneficiary would be the Albion Park Harness Racing Club.

This would require RQ, a statutory body which owns the site, handing over a government asset to a private club. It effectively puts the Albion Park trot club at war with RQ. And the person who will ultimately make a recommendation to Cabinet on who wins will be the Racing Minister, Ms Grace.

So which way will she go? Will she side with RQ, which she is saying publicly is doing a good job, or Albion Park, headed up by its spokesman and primary benefactor, Kevin Seymour?

The problem for harness racing in Queensland is that under its current leadership, the sport has endured scandal after scandal and its wagering turnover has plunged from 17 per cent of the total annual betting pool down to 10 per cent. It is floundering and in desperate need of fresh ideas and leadership.

While the thoroughbreds have their challenges, RQ has big plans to re-energise that industry. Greyhounds are the standout performer, experiencing double-digit wagering growth over the past decade. Greyhound turnover is now almost double that of the trots.

Racing is a problem child in Queensland. It has been dogged by instability because every time there’s a change of government, a new governance model is implemented. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to intervene and, for the sake of the industry, support RQ’s long-term plan.

Allowing a club to go it alone and dictate to RQ is not a good look.

The SM urgers the Minister to back RQ and sell the joint.......this in response to Kevin Seymour's grand plan to redevelop the joint similar what  the BRC has done at Eagle Farm.



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« 2017-Jun-04, 07:20 PM Reply #3 »
Why would anyone take anything seriously that appears in the Courier or Sunday Mail ? Those organizations are the beneficiary of monies from RQ as a result of them publishing race fields in their grubby little newspapers. They have a vested interest in agreeing with the policy decisions of the half wits who make up the RQ executive. Indeed anyone who has encountered the "American" on life's journey will generally realize that human life doesn't get much lower. One of the side benefits of the WWW is that punters no longer need to patronize his rags. Information is readily available elsewhere and free of charge.

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« 2017-Jun-05, 09:07 AM Reply #4 »
› THE battle lines have been drawn in the arm wrestle for the future of Albion Park.

Racing Queensland’s plans to sell the land and free up funds for other developments, revealed last month, were countered by Harness Racing kingmaker Kevin Seymour at the weekend.

Seymour’s grand plan is to keep Albion Park, build a gaming facility, new grandstand, sporting fields inside the track and later residential towers.

His proposal is for the entire project to be self-funding and earn revenue that would be tipped back into prizemoney.

Racing Queensland said in a statement on Saturday that it was “pleased to see the industry responding to the expression of interest process”.

 In dispute is just who is the rightful owner of Albion Park. Seymour is claiming the moral high ground for the Albion Park Harness Racing Club, which owned the premises up until the merger of the three codes.

RQ believes it is the lawful owner.

Given the value of the asset, it’s going to be an interesting stoush.

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This is from an earlier thread which is background to the current situation.

Ownership of Albion Park Race Way
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Tuesday, 1 July 2003: The transfer of the $23 million Albion Park Raceway to the harness and greyhound racing codes is a milestone for the racing industry in Queensland, Racing Minister Merri Rose said today.

Ms Rose said the transfer of ownership from the Government to joint ownership of the Queensland Harness Racing Board and the Greyhound Racing Authority, effective from today, would provide the two codes with a strong asset base.

“Albion Park is the major facility for both codes and the transfer of ownership will give the codes greater control over their destinies,” she said.

“This is a major transfer of a valuable asset to the racing industry and is a clear signal of the Government’s support for an independent and viable industry.”

Ms Rose said Albion Park Raceway had been the recipient of considerable racing industry funds.

“Albion Park was purchased from the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club in 1982 and redeveloped as the premier harness racing facility in Australia,” she said.

 
   “The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club transferred to Albion Park in 1992 as a joint tenant and both the Queensland Harness Racing Board and the Greyhound Racing Authority have been tenants of the facility.”

Ms Rose thanked Albion Park Trust Chair Don Davies and his staff for their efficient operation of the raceway and helping facilitate the transfer of the complex.

“The professionalism shown by the Trust is a credit to the Trust and its staff,” she said.

Queensland Harness Racing Board Chair Keith Hamburger and Greyhound Racing Authority Chair Phil Bennett welcomed the transfer.

“This is a major asset for both codes and allows us to better control the future direction of both codes,” Mr Hamburger said.

Mr Bennett said the raceway was probably the most utilised racetrack in Australia and the ownership by the two codes would ensure that this would continue. It also presented an opportunity for the two codes to secure their futures.

Information: Michael Duff 3224 2007 / 0408 723 705 or David Smith 3225 1005
Brett Schimming (Harness Racing Board) 3262 7733
Darren Beavis (Greyhound Racing Authority) 3262 7800

ALBION PARK RACEWAY OVERVIEW

History

Albion Park had been used for gallops racing for approximately 100 years before the last meeting was held on 30 December 1981.

The Albion Park racecourse was purchased by the Racing Development Corporation (RDC) from the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club (BATC) in 1982 for $9 million.

The acquisition was undertaken by the RDC to facilitate the redevelopment of the venue for harness racing.

The disposal of the venue by the BATC allowed it to finance a new grandstand at Doomben racecourse and to carry out improvements at Deagon racecourse.

Trustees of Albion Park Raceway are appointed under the Racing Venues Development Act 1982. The Trust is a statutory body within the meaning given in the Financial Administration and Audit Act 1977

The Trust acts as landlord of the Albion Park Paceway, maintaining and operating the complex primarily for harness racing by the Albion Park Harness Racing Club on Saturday nights, and greyhound racing by the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club on Monday and Thursday nights.

The current Trustees comprise an independent Chair and the QHRB and GRA Chairs ie, 3 trustees.

On proclamation of the Racing Legislation Amendment Act 1998 on 1 July 1999, the State of Queensland assumed ownership of Albion Park.

In June 2002, Cabinet resolved that the Albion Park Raceway asset was to be transferred from ownership by the State of Queensland, to the Greyhound Racing Authority and Queensland Harness Racing Board as tenants in common in equal shares.

Description

The Albion Park Paceway is an aggregation of 23 individual titles providing for a total area of 17.3321 hectares.

Order in Council made on 22 April 1992 amended Lot 1 on Registered Plan No 142024 in area by excluding from the control of the Trustees an area of 8,766m2, enabling the land to be utilised as the site for establishment of the Racing Science Centre.

The bulk of the land area is zoned "Sport and Recreation".

Valuation

The 2001-2002 Financial Statements for the Trustees of the Albion Park Paceway valued the land, buildings and improvements and plant and equipment of the Trust at approx. $23 million.

Back in 2010 the QHRB took RQL to the Supreme Court in an effort to stop the proposed sale of Albion Park...the issue was QHRB's claim that RQL chairman Robert Bentley gave an assurance Albion Park would not be sold and would continue as a harness racing track ...it appears that case was not taken to finality so the likelihood is that the APHRC will need to institute legal action if they are unable to convince RQ not to proceed with their intention to sell the track.


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« 2017-Jun-08, 02:33 AM Reply #5 »
It's funny to think I was just (kinda) commenting on the same sort of thing on the Tatts merger thread.

People empowering themselves (always city based people) and just taking things that don't belong to them - and it's not just racing.

And along the way they give themselves grand titles and pay themselves like they are the Managing Director of an ASX 100 profit making company.

At what point did bodies like Racing Queensland and RVL be allowed to just pinch everything? They are like a bunch of thieves just like their political masters.

And accountability? At least RVL put the $100 million they stole into the bank. How is Racing Queensland going in the achieving department?

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« 2017-Jul-13, 07:31 PM Reply #6 »
Turf war erupts

Developer launches bid for park heritage listing

TOM SNOWDON TRENTON AKERS The Courier Mail

A BITTER war to keep harness racing at Albion Park has escalated with powerful racing identity Kevin Seymour launching a bid to have the historic track heritage listed.

It comes as the harness racing industry awaits an imminent decision from Brisbane City Council about whether to allow Racing Queensland to demolish the track to make way for a new mixed-used development.

Mr Seymour has been fighting the statutory body’s proposed development plans from his position as Albion Park Harness Racing Club’s honorary treasurer. The fight has seen the well-known developer launch his own plan for the site, which would protect the track, with development occurring around its perimeter.

Albion Park Harness Racing Club’s move to have the track nominated for local heritage is the latest to protect the track in the ongoing feud between the two parties.

Heritage status would create another hurdle for Racing Queensland, which made an 11th-hour request to council in May for its proposed development plans to be assessed under the old Albion Neighbourhood Plan.

A decision is due by tomorrow. When asked about the request, Racing Queensland said the development aimed to protect “the balance sheet of RQ and maintain maximum flexibility”.

The 2016 Albion Neighbourhood Plan has the land marked for a sport and recreation facility, “with potential development only to occur on land surplus to the existing raceway area”.ENDS

That's  lateral thinking by KWS wonder how long it'll be before a decision is made......... in the meantime RQ is awaiting a ruling on its application......due tomorrow ...depending on what that turns out to be ........Mr Seymour might need to have the APHRC's legal counsel on standby to apply to the Supreme Court for a writ to stop RQ proceeding...should it get the green light.

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« 2017-Jul-13, 08:22 PM Reply #7 »
Very tactical . .

This may well be a first . . A developer applying to have  property 'heritage listed'  :whistle:

A 'man bites dog story"   :biggrin:
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« 2017-Jul-13, 08:44 PM Reply #8 »
Does the RQ proposal involve moving the dogs and trots to other venues? Or are they going to build units around the tracks?

Or are they (the Govt.) just going to sequester the land for property development and give the dogs and trots nothing - that last one would be unthinkable but I gotta chuck it in there.

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« 2017-Jul-16, 02:47 PM Reply #9 »
Council reins in racetrack refit

LEGAL STOUSH

RACING Queensland is exploring legal avenues to fight Brisbane City Council after its decision to block the redevelopment of Albion Park, which it said is threatening the sport’s financial future.

The potential legal stoush comes as the Albion Park Harness Racing Club, which is RQ’s tenant, launched a publicity campaign for its own proposal to preserve racing at the prime inner-city site.

RQ, the governing body of all three racing codes, wants to end nearly 150 years of racing at Albion and develop a $250 million mixed commercial, residential and retail hub.

RQ had asked the council to judge its application on a superseded neighbourhood plan which did not require an element of sport and recreation to take place at the site.

The harness racing club is opposed to removing racing from Albion, and has lobbied the council over the past fortnight to reject the RQ plan.

In rejecting the application on Friday, BCC planning chairman Julian Simmonds said “the entire Queensland racing fraternity needs to speak as one voice on the future of Albion Park”.

An RQ spokesman said the organisation would discuss its options with legal advisers and was seeking an urgent meeting with the BCC to clarify the council’s position.ENDS

Well round one to the APHRC in what looks to be a fight to the finish...in the CM yesty the APHRC published a full page outline by way of  an artist's impression of  its development plans for Albion Park..... looks pretty impressive too grandstands. entertainment complex  and Apartments .....infield parking although it appears  not too many cars would be accommodated and playing fields at the other end of the infield...no provision for on course stables or any sign of a greyhound track...... the difficulty is that the venue once gifted by the then Guvment to the former QHRB and the GRCB as joint owners is they gave up their asset when they accepted the amalgamation proposal by The Bobster when he managed to convince the three codes to amalgamate under RQL's banner .......where thoroughbreds had 5 reps while harness and greyhounds one each......the Supreme Court case back in the day when The Bobster wanted to sell AP taken by the then QHRB against RQL seems to have fizzled it was before Applegarth J who was on record as making some pertinent comments in finding the truth behind the opposing assertions on the guarantee of continuation as a racetrack the QHRB attributed to The Bobster who denied ever making that commitment. :o

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« 2017-Jul-18, 09:17 AM Reply #10 »
Once again the APHRC stands in the way of greyhound racing in Qld.  The BGRC would like nothing better than to extract themselves from their current co-tenancy 'predicament'.  What is being proposed by the APHRC is simply obstructionist and the comment from the BCC representative is laughable.  Surely RQ is representative of the racing industry as a whole from a commercial perspective.

The 'trots' lack the desire/ability to run a lean and mean model as the greyhounds have been forced to do as a result of the inequitable 15 year/9% turnover fiasco.  They continue to look for the magic bullet solution that ignores the rights of the greyhound industry.

Even the split from outsourcing the catering rights is unfair with APHRC getting the lions share of the proceeds.

Getting heritage recognition to stop the development of Albion Park so they can similarly develop Albion Park is almost 'Pythonesque'.

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« 2017-Jul-18, 05:43 PM Reply #11 »
Agree totally, Theorist.
AP is so far past its use-by date that Kevin Seymour's attempt to market the dinosaur as an up-market racing destination of the future is way off beam ... vested interests, perhaps.
RQ's plan for the precinct is professional and well researched from what I've seen and heard.
Sadly, Albion Park is a morgue on race days/nights and totally depressing. Let's get rid of the old girl and inject millions into the coffers as well as providing a great precinct capable of producing a revenue stream for the racing industry.

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« 2017-Jul-19, 07:59 PM Reply #12 »
Albion Park racetrack in $1 million tug-of-war

RACING bureaucrats have spent nearly $1 million trying to decide the fate of the prized Albion Park racetrack over the past year.

Despite running at a projected $3 million loss for the previous financial year, Racing Queensland spent $780,000 on consultancy fees for its consideration of options for the harness track, which dates back to 1893.

Another $120,000 was spent by the racing body on planning and legal fees over the same period.

The figures come as Racing Queensland last week had its request to council to have its development plan judged under a superseded neighbourhood plan denied.

The current neighbourhood plan states a form of sport and recreation must take part at the venue for council to approve any developments.

Racing Minister Grace Grace last night defended the spending at a Parliament Estimates Hearing, saying Racing Queensland was entitled to protect its balance sheet by exploring all the options available.

Opposition racing spokesman Jon Krause said it was time to put any speculation regarding the sale of Albion Park to rest.

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« 2017-Jul-23, 09:04 PM Reply #13 »
One must remember. When amalgamation was done Albion Park was owned by Harness and Greyhounds.

Upon amalgamation all assets of the 2 minor codes went to Racing Qld, however, there was an
ASSETS REGISTER  created that showed who those assets came from i.e. which codes. This was done so that any
profits from the sale of any of those assets were kept for those codes who contributed assets.

Harness & GREYHOUNDS.

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« 2017-Jul-23, 09:38 PM Reply #14 »
One must remember. When amalgamation was done Albion Park was owned by Harness and Greyhounds.

Upon amalgamation all assets of the 2 minor codes went to Racing Qld, however, there was an
ASSETS REGISTER  created that showed who those assets came from i.e. which codes. This was done so that any
profits from the sale of any of those assets were kept for those codes who contributed assets.

Harness & GREYHOUNDS.

That's not been raised before by either party as far as I know .......if Davie Fowler is up to date with that little gem  he should throw it in to RQ CEO Dr. Forbes who is his guest on Pest room tomorrow.

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« 2017-Jul-23, 09:38 PM Reply #15 »
Best of luck . .

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« 2018-Feb-08, 09:39 PM Reply #16 »
News to come about this next week, I believe RQ will get the sale and a new Harness and Greyhound complex to built around Ipswich.

Back to back just like the gold coast.

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« 2018-Feb-08, 10:01 PM Reply #17 »
Thank God , wont that turn everything around. They get 4 people to your average harness meeting next to the City Centre . How many will they get to a joint 40 kilometres away. Then again they have Silly Steve and some dopey vet from the Apple Isle running the joint. It is not as if they will spend the dough from the Creek wisely. They will probably just hire a team of genius's to work out how to grow some grass at Eagle Farm so that someday before Neville has his 90th birthday they can race there again. How  stupid are these clowns ?

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« 2018-Feb-09, 01:03 PM Reply #18 »
A dual complex at Yamanto may well be announced next week.

Arsenal wil remember Yamanto was considered as a harness site in the early eighties when the Ipswich trots had to vacate the showgrounds.

Ultimately that didn't eventuate and the Ipswich club became gypsies.. Albeit,  friendly and respected ones and did finish with cash in the bank

HOWEVER

THis is not predicated by a sale of Albion Park.

That cannot happen in the short term and maybe even the long term.

Albion Park Raceway is currently not on the market.

Mark it as a red letter day because I agree with Gunnbower  to a point that shifting to provincial or country locations does not improve an industry that is really under the pump.

Moving to Melton, Menangle and Globe Derby has put the industry in those states a step closer to being a cottage industry.

And some may argue that is what it is or should be.

Gunbower is right to assert attendances are poor... Look at the facilities (or lack of them)....but that is hardly a yardstick thesedays for success or failure in the business.

Racing has largely become an off track wagering sport except for carnival days or nights.

And the ALBION PARK brand is essential for trot and dog turnover. Despite what the greyhound industry may argue.

Similar to the DOOMBEN brand.

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« 2018-Feb-11, 11:18 AM Reply #19 »
DJF,

While I have much respect for you you're thinking like the dinosaurs that have run and ruined this sport for many years, I went to the brekky creek after a major harness meet last year and was talking to a early 20s guy who should be the target market for the sport and he had never heard of Albion Park despite being right next door. He didn't even know what went on there.

The Albion Park brand you speak of died with the old people who went there from the 70s and 80s. The marketing is disgraceful from RQ and the club.

Moving to Menangle and Melton has been nothing but positive for the sport and now they race for twice the money they did prior with more rises on the way I'm told for Menangle, and they don't have to fight to massive traffic problems getting to and from the track anymore but Queensland trainers still do, it doesn't affect the people who want to keep Albion they live in Brisbane.

A sale of Albion will happen maybe not soon but will happen, Racing has been an off track wagering sport for a long time its sad people are still catching on.

Another massive plus of the possible Yamanto complex is it could contain on course stabling for lots of harness trainers have sold their properties for development and not continued in the sport for lack of options, this would help grow training number again.

DJF you and I are the same in the fact that we both want a stronger Harness Racing industry we just disagree on how to go forward.
 

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« 2018-Mar-08, 06:51 PM Reply #20 »
In the Supreme Court tomorrow morning before Bond J

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« 2018-Jul-01, 11:14 AM Reply #21 »
Now council has it in for Albion Park
COMMENT PETER GLEESON
ONCE again bureaucracy is nobbling the Queensland racing industry, and this time it’s the Brisbane City Council.
As if the State Government “running dead’’ on the industry wasn’t enough, now the council is trying to scuttle plans to redevelop Albion Park.
Racing Queensland has a masterplan to redevelop the antiquated paceway as part of a joint venture that would enable it to derive an annual revenue stream from the returns.
It would then be able to build world-class greyhound and harness racing tracks on the city’s fringe and have a self-sustaining funding model, rather than having to go cap in hand to the Government all the time.
But the council has twice knocked back development approvals for the site. This at a time when the State Government is refusing to hand over to the racing industry any of the money it derives from a new tax on corporate bookies.
The NSW and Victorian governments, meanwhile, will distribute back to racing between $40 million and $50 million a year from its corporate bookie tax.
It’s time for our Government to “call in’’ Albion Park and take it out of the hands of council so that racing in this state can get on with the job of rebuilding itself.
Setting the corporate bookie tax at 15 per cent is just dumb policy, considering the levels in the other states – which are already vastly superior when it comes to infrastructure and prizemoney – are lower.
But not directing any of the tax back to racing is greedy, opportunistic and, in a sense, disrespectful.
Treasurer Jackie Trad says the Government is reviewing the tax levy and will make a final decision on where it goes by October 1.ENDS

Albion Park became the property of RQL when the harness and greyhound boards agreed to join in the three code amalgamation proposed by The Bobster when he was running RQL...supposedly it was recorded that there was a commitment that Albion Park would not be sold ..this was the subject of a now discontinued application in the Supreme Court before Applegarth J who I recall being quoted as saying "I might believe him or then I might Not" in relation to The Bobster's denials of the no sale commitment and then there's the Asset Register as claimed on this Forum that any sale of assets would go to the codes that controlled them ..harness and greyhounds  now there's conflict with the APHRC asserting ownership and has publicized it's own plans to retain the track and develop other facilities to produce revenue and add to public participation while RQ wants to sell the track lock stock & barrel so it'll have funds to establish harness and greyhound facilities outside the City limits.....with some left over .....Cronulla Park the first site proposed for the greyhounds has been declared a no go zone while Yatala and Yamanto is/was being promoted as a suitable venue for harness racing ...the move to establish harness racing outside the metropolitan areas has been done in Adelaide Wayville to Globe Derby Melbourne Moonee Valley to  Melton and Sydney Harold Park to  Menangle no longer an easy ride to their inner city tracks at Moonee Valley and/or Harold Park. .......a RTI request to sight the Asset Register and establish what it is claimed to be would be a step in the right direction.


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« 2018-Jul-15, 09:46 AM Reply #22 »
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REVEALED: Top secret plot to ditch races from Albion Park




A SECRET plan was hatched more than a decade ago to move both greyhound and harness racing from Albion Park in a bid to free up the prime real estate for the state government.

Documents obtained by The Sunday Mail reveal talks were well advanced within Treasury and the racing department in February 2008 to move the codes from the venue.
It can be revealed that the Bligh government wanted the greyhound code out of Albion Park by September that year, and it was set to persuade harness racing to do the same.

Emails from racing department advisers to then assistant under treasurer Ian Munro show treasurer Andrew Fraser did “not want to be seen to force harness to quit Albion Park” but was prepared to lay out the numbers so the code was able to “make the sensible choice” and leave the venue because it was short of funding.

The email also said Mr Fraser would tell the harness code no government money would be provided for redevelopment of Albion Park if it chose to stay.
The racing adviser then went on to say it would be a “stupid decision” to stay.

Money was later promised under the LNP state government to fix the grandstand at Albion Park, over which harness benefactor Kevin Seymour is now threatening legal action in an attempt to keep racing on the prized site.

The leaked emails also reveal a $42 million greyhound racing facility was touted to be built at Logan, which would see the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club merged with the Gold Coast club. State government estimates had the Albion Park land valued at $100 million in 2008, the email reveals.

Former racing minister Grace Grace told Parliament the land could be worth up to $250 million.

More than 10 years later, both codes remain at Albion Park, with the State Government exploring options for the land after Brisbane City Council blocked any redevelopment, saying it would be contrary to its neighbourhood plan.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said both greyhound and harness racing were set for promising futures in Queensland, revealing just four possible sites remained for new tracks after an expressions of interest process last year.

“While greyhound racing is growing in popularity at a far faster rate than either of Queensland’s two other codes, population growth means we need to be thinking strategically about new facilities to meet growing demand in general,” he said.

“Thursday night’s State of Origin Greyhound Racing series at Albion Park was a great opportunity for me to see first-hand the enthusiasm and support that the greyhounds enjoy.”

This has to end in tears it's a sad sight at Albion Park these days once packed with bookies and punters now no bookies and few punters free admission and $2 membership for APHRC probably inevitable its days are numbered just like Harold Park, Moonee Valley , Wayville ......we've got Menangle, Melton & Globe Derby.


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