MEDIA RELEASE: Longford masterplan released – embeds racing and equine industry in community

Thursday 11 November 2021

Tasracing and the Northern Midlands Council (NMC) have released a draft concept masterplan for the Longford Racecourse precinct that will secure its future for the benefit of the racing and equine industry and the local community.

Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson said the company – which had funded half the cost of the concept masterplan’s development – and the council were keen to ensure the ongoing viability of the Longford Racing Centre.

“In the masterplan, Tasracing has outlined a proposed infrastructure spend of $2.6 million, with a further $1.5 million of additional funds for an equine multi-use facility,” he said.

“Approximately $700,000 of the proposed infrastructure spend is funded by a Tasmanian Government one-off infrastructure grant.”

The masterplan includes:

  • An 800 metre chute for horse trialling
  • Drainage works
  • Closure of Brickendon Street to deliver separation between the track and horse movement
  • Potential for 84 stables with day yards
  • An equine pool, bull ring, treadmill and sand walking area
  • A polo field
  • Four large pavilions for equine community use and events.
  • An undercover equestrian centre with a 50 metre x 70 metre sand ring, along with parking and equine transportation facilities.

More broadly, Mr Eriksson said Tasracing was finalising a $47 million five-year infrastructure plan for the industry.

“This plan will include the infrastructure options for the Longford track,” he said.

“These projects, which will be discussed directly with industry, are all designed to ensure Longford continues to play a key role in the thoroughbred training landscape in northern Tasmania.

“While it hosts one race meeting on New Year’s Day annually, the Longford Cup, outside of that race meeting, the track conducts an average 18 trial meetings a year, and operates as a training facility all year round.”

The Tasmanian racing industry and the Longford community will be consulted on the draft concept masterplan.

Over the past three years Tasracing has spent $484,000 on various infrastructure improvements at Longford, including starting gates, track rail, irrigation works, bullring, fencing and maintenance equipment.

In addition, Tasracing spends on average $400,000 a year on maintenance and occupancy costs.

To view a plan of the proposed redevelopment click here.