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Minister for Education and Training; South West
Major grant to transform Lark Hill into world class training facility
7/11/2005 12:00 AM
The Gallop Government has allocated $5.28million to transform Lark Hill Training Complex into a world-class thoroughbred training facility, Racing and Gaming Minister Mark McGowan announced today.
Mr McGowan said the State Government had given approval to fund stages one and two of a proposed multi-stage master plan commissioned by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA).
The Stage One development will include:
track renovation and extension of the existing sand track;
new stalls and parade ring, including sand rolls and swabbing;
workshop and compound;
canteen, ablutions and administration office; and
perimeter road and bridle trails.
Second Stage works will include:
further training tracks, including an eight metre sand track, straight uphill track and canter track;
track lighting; and
viewing mound, stewards’ towers and vision facilities.
Mr McGowan said works on Stage One would begin in early 2006.
“These works will see Lark Hill develop into a world-class training facility capable of conducting trial and fast work within two years,” he said.
“There is a fast-growing demand for training facilities in this region and the present facility is struggling to cope.
“These works will consolidate the region as a centre for horse training in the southern corridor.”
Peel MLA Norm Marlborough welcomed the Minister’s commitment and said the works would allow the racecourse to be upgraded to full provincial standard in the future if needed.
“This is a tribute to the vision, commitment and hard work that was put in place by the Southern Districts Thoroughbred Racing Association some 20 years ago,” Mr Marlborough said.
I share with them the delight and reward of 20 years of dedication and we thank the Minister for his support.”
Mr McGowan said the master plan also made allowance for the possible future installation of a synthetic training surface.
“If an appropriate synthetic surface can be identified for local conditions, the option will be fully costed before it is considered for inclusion in future capital works,” he said.
The grant for Lark Hill is the latest in the $25million State Government and RWWA funded regional racing infrastructure grants program.
“Work at the Northam Race Club is well under way and improvements have also started at the Pinjarra Race Club and the Utakarra Racecourse - a facility shared by the Geraldton Turf Club and the Geraldton Harness Racing Club,” the Minister said.
“Planning has also started for rehabilitation projects at the Pinjarra Trotting Club and at the thoroughbred and harness racing clubs in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury.”
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