Tasracing has presented two options to the Tasmanian racing industry as part of the Elwick thoroughbred track replacement project.
Option one features one 28-metre wide track while option two incorporates a 22-metre-wide main track and an inside track about 14-metres-wide.
Information about the track redevelopment options have been communicated directly to industry participants through relevant associations and is on display at Elwick.
Tasracing deputy chairman Joel Wallace said the second option was about 10% more expensive than the single track option under consideration because of the additional area.
“Highly experienced firm Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) has undertaken the concept design work for the thoroughbred track redevelopment project,” he said.
“DCE presented a range of conceptual designs for evaluation and Tasracing has shortlisted two for costing before being presented to the Tasracing Board for consideration and funding.
“Regardless of which final option is ultimately approved by the Tasracing Board, we are committed to the reconstruction of the course proper and to ensuring that the redevelopment project delivers a superior track for the long-term benefit of the industry.”
Mr Wallace said once signed off by the Board, the final design would be put to suitably recognised thoroughbred track builders for a formal tender.
“We expect to award this part of the work before the Spring of 2018,” he said.
The selected turf species for the track will be planted in August/September this year in readiness for laying on the new track in August/September 2019.
The construction works are currently planned to commence immediately after the running of the 2019 Hobart Cup.
Mr Wallace said Tasracing would continue to engage with industry participants to finalise what financial assistance would be made available for southern-based trainers and the Tasmanian Racing Club (TRC) because of any closure of the track during construction works.
“Tasracing and the TRC will negotiate compensation for the club to ensure it is no worse off” he said.
“Tasracing will also pay a travel subsidy for southern-based trainers to travel to transferred meetings.”