‘Australia’s biggest greyhound racing precinct’ underway
IT'S a punter's dream. Plans for what is being touted as "Australia's biggest greyhound racing precinct'' are underway just south of the Queensland border.
The Tweed Heads Coursing Club bought a 32ha parcel of land at Chinderah for $2 million last month and is set to meet next week to start designing a master plan.
Secretary Stephen McGrath said the racing precinct would be the biggest and safest in the country.
"It will be a centre of excellence," Mr McGrath said.
"Under NSW Greyhound Racing, a centre of excellence includes a straight track, a circle track and a greyhound rehoming program.
"It will have the most modern and safest equipment you can buy."
Purchase of the land came almost four years after the club sold Border Park at Tweed Heads for $15 million to Gold Coast Airport.
Mr McGrath said the club had been investigating land "everywhere" but until recently, had not found a suitable plot.
"You can't get prime real estate to build a greyhound facility at a reasonable price," he said.
"You just have to find the best possible fit you can.
"The racing precinct will be 13ha, which will allow us to have other training facilities.
"We could open up for spelling race horses and an off-lead dog park and many other things could be available."
Asked whether the club could face resistance from Tweed Shire Council, Mr McGrath said he "only built the facility".
"We don't control the policies,'' he said.
"We will work through those barriers and hope we don't waste a significant amount of money that doesn't need to be wasted.
"During the current climate, they should be looking at anyone with money to invest in the community.
"It will create a lot of jobs. We will have two meetings a week which will be streamed live on Sky (Racing).
"Tweed will be seen by people all over the country and around the world."
Originally published as 'Australia's biggest greyhound racing precinct' underway