The Deagon dream appears to be over for Bob Bentley and Racing Queensland with plans for the thoroughbred training track to be converted to a greyhound and harness centre thrown out.
Bentley along with State Government racing spokesman Tim Mulherin announced a redistribution of funds through a new ‘Industry Infrastructure Plan’ (IIP).
It resembles nothing like the original plan with the $39.9 million allocated to Deagon completely withdrawn.
It’s a win for a vocal group of local residents as well as the resident trainers and the Brisbane City Council.
Whereas the Deagon development would have depended on the sale of Albion Park the new IIP is said to be independent of that result.
The major announcement from the new IIP is that the greyhound industry will receive $24 million for a new training and racing facility in Logan (Cronulla Park).
There will also be $6 million provided for a greyhound circuit next to Townsville Turf Club although that deal is yet to be finalised.
Mulherin said all new aspects of the IIP had State Government approval but weren’t completely set in stone yet.
“Funding for each project will be released upon submission of the business case by RQL,” he said.
In terms of thoroughbred racing the Beaudesert Race Club will benefit from an $8.2 million upgrade with construction starting this month.
In Ipswich works there are expected to get underway sooner than first planned.
“Another significant change to this revised plan is that parts of the proposed Ipswich Turf Club upgrade, which were previously dependent on the sale of Albion Park, can now be brought forward,” Mulherin said.
It’s worth noting though that with the Queensland State Election due to be held in March this could all change once again with the LNP clear favourites to take over government.
Their policies have included an idea to scrap Racing Queensland and revert back to the three codes running independently of each other.