RACING MINISTER Sarah Courtney today revealed that the Hobart thoroughbred racing tracks will be replaced with a single 28-metre-wide track which will provide the venue with a first-class facility, ensuring the long-term future of racing in Southern Tasmania.
“This is a significant investment made possible by the Hodgman Liberal Government getting Tasracing into a sustainable business position where it is able to look at re-investment in much-needed infrastructure”, the Minister said.
Tasracing undertook extensive consultation with industry representatives, clubs and organisations, and the Australian Trainers Association has endorsed the single track option.
The final design and cost of the project will be determined when suitably recognised thoroughbred track suppliers complete the formal tender process which opens tomorrow.
Tasmanian Racing Club chairman Andrew Scanlon said Dalton Consulting Engineers completed the concept design work for the Hobart track project and that a number of Tasmanian-based companies are set to benefit from the multi-million dollar project.
“Leading turf supplier StrathAyr will plant approximately 65,000 square metres of specially selected turf to Tasracing’s specifications for the project,” Mr. Scanlon said.
The successful head contractor will be required to engage with civil contractors who have been pre-approved by the Department of State Growth.
Specialist irrigation, fencing, electrical and other suitably qualified Tasmanian businesses will also have the opportunity to participate in the track redevelopment project.
Construction work is planned to start in March 2019.
“The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the Tasmanian racing industry and investments like this, in significant infrastructure, will further stimulate the racing industry,” the Minister said.