Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Extreme makeover for Northam Race Club

    22/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Work on the second and final stage of Northam Race Club’s redevelopment will start immediately as a result of a State Government funding injection totalling $1.214million.

    Racing and Gaming Minister Mark McGowan, who made the announcement in State Parliament today, said the funds had been approved as part of the Gallop Government’s $25million program to upgrade racecourse facilities throughout regional WA over the next three years.

    The Stage Two development will encompass:
    • a reconstruction of 1,000m of track including drainage, rails fencing and irrigation;
    • construction of a new water storage dam;
    • improvements to the stalls area including an asphalt surface; and
    • further improvements to the viewing and public areas.
    Mr McGowan said an amount of up to $1.214million had been agreed to in-principle but final costings had yet to be determined.

    “In excess of $2million will have been spent on improvements to the Northam track once this work has been completed,” he said.

    “This stage will complement the improvements undertaken in Stage One which were an outstanding success.

    “The end result will allow the club to increase the quality and quantity of racing at Northam, as well as providing much improved viewing and public areas.

    “The Gallop Government is investing in racecourse infrastructure throughout the State to help create more jobs and opportunities for Western Australians.”

    The Minister acknowledged the planning work undertaken for the rehabilitation of Northam Race Club by Avon MLA Max Trenorden.

    “Mr Trenorden has worked hard to ensure the Northam Race Club receives its fair share,” he said.

    Mr Trenorden said the Northam Race Club had provided an important winter racing venue for the WA racing industry for many years.

    “The club has gone through some hard times in recent years and it is very satisfying to see it get this level of support from the Government and Racing and Wagering Western Australia,” he said.

    “I also appreciate the work Tony Marwick and his committee at Northam have contributed.

    “I have been involved in the planning stages of the redevelopment work and I can say that the new track and public facilities will provide a fantastic boost to racing at Northam.”

    Work on Stage Two will commence immediately, with the track reconstruction expected to begin early in November, 2005 at the completion of the current Northam season.

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