· Major redevelopment made possible with Victorian Coalition Government funding of $875,000
· Project will enhance the raceday experience
· Napthine Government supporting Victoria’s greyhound racing industry
A major redevelopment of patrons’ facilities at Melbourne’s Meadows greyhound track will be undertaken following the announcement of funding from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Craig Ondarchie, representing the Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine, today announced the Coalition Government will provide $875,000 for the redevelopment which has a total project cost of $2.275 million.
“Greyhound racing is becoming more and more popular in Victoria with bigger crowds enjoying a great day or night out at the races,” Mr Ondarchie said.
“The Meadows is one of the very best greyhound racing facilities, hosting some of the world’s highest quality racing including October’s annual Topgun and the $1 million Australian Cup Carnival in February.
“This major redevelopment at the Meadows will significantly increase the quality of patrons’ facilities as well as establishing new function and entertainment spaces.
“These works will turn a great facility into an absolutely world-class facility. Importantly, it will also allow for the facility to host more and larger functions outside of racedays,” Mr Ondarchie said.
The Meadows project involves:
· A major extension of both the upper and ground floor levels at the western end of the pavilion, creating greater function room capacity and enhanced disability access;
· An extension of the current decking area at the eastern end of the pavilion including improved disability access;
· Construction of enhanced function facilities on the extended deck; and
· Ground floor upgrades of the betting ring area and the MGRA administration offices.
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Chief Executive Officer Adam Wallish said one of GRV’s major objectives is to enhance the experience of racegoers.
“The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA) has done a tremendous job at the Meadows in bringing crowds back to greyhound racing during its popular Saturday night timeslot,” Mr Wallish said.
“Through this exciting redevelopment, which comes on the back of tremendous support from the Coalition Government, we look forward to the club continuing to make greyhound racing an even better showcase for Victorian sports lovers.”
MGRA Chairman Eddie Caruana said the association is delighted with the ongoing support that the Napthine Government provides to greyhound racing.
“This extension of the main grandstand will ease the demand on our dining room area. The alfresco type function room addition to the stylish new decking area will allow us to cater for an extra 100 people,” Mr Caruana said.
In addition to Coalition Government funding of $875,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, GRV will provide $1,150,000 with the MGRA contributing the remaining $250,000 towards the total project cost of $2,275,000.
The Meadows took over from Olympic Park as the home of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association when it opened in 1999.
Up to 15 construction jobs will be created by the project with a further 16 casual employees required to cater for increased raceday and event demand.
Works have recently started on the project and are expected to finish in time for the Australian Cup Carnival in February 2015.