The building of new stables at Geelong racecourse hinges on the sale of the Haworth Court stable complex in Breakwater.
The Haworth Court complex has five blocks of stables on 3.5 hectares of Crown land and is valued at between $2.3 million and $2.4 million. Geelong Racing Club will build four blocks of stables on course with State Government support once the Haworth Court complex is approved.
The new stable project is part of the Geelong Racecourse Masterplan which was submitted to Racing Minister Denis Napthine last week. The masterplan, which cost $62,000 paid for by the government and racing industry, was completed this month, Geelong Racing Club chief executive Paul Carroll said yesterday.
"The masterplan is a view on how the club wants the racecourse to look in 10 to 20 years' time," Carroll said.
"It will give the club some structure in view of the major projects that will take place over the next few years." The main component of the masterplan was the relocation of the Haworth Court trainers and the building of new on-course stabling, Carroll said.
The upgrade of race day horse stalls was also an important component, he said.
Also high on the priority list was the replacement of the grass type from rye to kikuyu on the turf track and a new crossing for horses from the mounting yard to the synthetic track. "If the Haworth Court sale goes through, I envisage between $3-$4 million being spent on the racecourse over the next 12 to 18 months," Carroll said.
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