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Brisbane Racing Club Masterplan for Doomben & Eagle Farm

Brisbane Racing Club Masterplan for Doomben & Eagle Farm innernorth.com.au
15 April 2009

The Brisbane Racing Club today announced their plans to create Australia's premier racing venue, incorporating both the Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses.

The plan involves maintaining both tracks whilst adding entertainment, commercial and residential precincts to the area.

"Other sports realised some time ago that they needed to be entertainment venues as well as house the sports in which they were there for. It's time racing did this also" said Kevin Dixon, chairman of the BRC.

"Without a master plan racing's very survival in Brisbane is in jeopardy. We can't reasonably expect to host high-class racing if our facilities continue to be neglected."

Eagle Farm Redevelopment The development is set to cost around $1.2 billion, with $400 million dedicated to the racing facilities. This includes upgraded grandstands, new stables and a pedestrian tunnel linking Eagle Farm and Doomben.

Also included in the masterplan is the addition of 1,600 carparks, which will no doubt please residents of the inner north who have had their streets turned into temporary carparks for many years.

Despite the billion-dollar price tag, Mr Dixon says the project will not require government funds.

"This project is entirely self-sufficient, relying on no funding or grants from any outside agency or government level."

"Everything from offices to conference facilities to hotels and shopping has been looked at as part of this concept. It will be the place to be in the surrounding area."

Eagle Farm Grandstand Redevelopment Formal approval is at least six to twelve months away, and Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has tentatively backed the development, saying "I am not endorsing this plan but I am endorsing the vision"

"It does entrench racing down here for the long term. It sets about a course which means that racing has a financially viable, long-term sustainable plan for the sport to flourish."

The project will take around ten years to complete and will create thousands of jobs over that time. Watpac will be managing the project, with Cox Rayner the architects.