After completing its $300,000 worth of track upgrade, Redcliffe Paceway is back and running for race meetings once again.
On 16 October 2019, the Redcliffe Paceway reopened its doors to the public to unveil its newly upgraded race tracks. It has been more than a decade since its last upgrade, and that is why this outcome is significant to all racing participants, enthusiasts and Racing Queensland as a whole.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Attorney-General and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath inspected the venue after stewards approved the return to racing.
Both Mr Hinchliffe and Mrs D’Ath agree that the track upgrade of Redcliffe Paceway is terrific news for the region given the fact that the harness racing industry has been a significant contributor to the economy.
“Add to that the fact that new economic data has revealed that harness racing is responsible for generating $21.7 million to the Moreton Bay economy each year,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“More than 18,000 people come to harness racing meetings here, and there are more than 600 participants, including 65 trainers.
“Most significantly, however, is that it provides more than 180 full-time jobs right here in Moreton Bay, which is why the Palaszczuk Government supports racing in the Sunshine State,” he said.
“With more than 100 race meetings each year, it will provide participants with a new and improved racing surface and upgraded training facilities,” Mrs D’Ath shared.
According to Bernie Ring, President of the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club, the newly upgraded 800 metre track looks incredible. He further mentioned that in time, once the track has settled into all Redcliffe Paceway’s participants, he believes that we will see faster and perhaps record-beating races in the future.
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