WORK continues to progress on the $12.5 million redevelopment of the Elwick thoroughbred track with the laying of new turf now underway.
The former course proper and inside grass track have been replaced by a 28-metre wide StrathAyr grass track that will be ready in time to host the Tasmanian Racing Club’s Tasmanian Derby meeting on 31 January, followed by the 2020 Hobart Cup meeting on 9 February.
Tasracing has engaged industry participants during the core civil works by inviting them to visit the site and give them an insight into how the new track foundations have been formed, which has given them a sense of ownership in the redevelopment.
Tasmanian company StrathAyr has employed additional staff for the project while also engaging many other Tasmanian contractors to work on the redevelopment.
Acting Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff said this was “…great news for the economy and in line with our Buy Local policy.”
“The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of our thoroughbred racing industry that contributes almost $100 million to the local economy every year,” he said.
The new 64,000 square metres of StrathAyr turf has been specially grown at its Richmond property for the project and will result in a superior track that will benefit the industry in the long-term.
The project so far has required significant earthworks, civil works, surface compaction and the latest in laser grading that forms part of the process that will make the Elwick track one of the best in Australia.
During the phase work, up to 1,900 tonnes of sand from the north-east of the state has been delivered to the site each week, along with other quality materials that make up the foundation of the track.
The old Elwick track had suffered from poor drainage during the winter months, but the redevelopment has included key drainage and irrigation works that are nearing completion and will eradicate those issues.
The decision to build a single track was taken after extensive consultation by Tasracing with industry representatives, clubs and key organisations.
Mr Rockliff said the new track demonstrated the benefits of Tasracing’s sustainable financial position that was allowing it to reinvest in much-needed infrastructure improvements such as the redeveloped thoroughbred track.
Caption: From left, Tasracing project, assets and facilities manager Simon Bresnehan, Tasracing chief executive officer Paul Eriksson, acting Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff and StrathAyr’s Frank Casimaty at Elwick recently to mark the start of grass laying for the new thoroughbred track.