Beaudesert Race Club still waiting for promised funds

REPAIR BILL: Beaudesert Race Track bounced back after cyclone Debbie caused considerable damage but they are still waiting for promised improvement funds from the state government. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
REPAIR BILL: Beaudesert Race Track bounced back after cyclone Debbie caused considerable damage but they are still waiting for promised improvement funds from the state government. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

GOVERNMENT funds earmarked for improvements at Beaudesert Race Club in June 2017 have still not been finalised and club officials are wondering why.

Beaudesert Race Club spokesman Royce Ahrens said they had hoped to have the approved works, including new racing barriers and improvements to jockey and stewards facilities.

“We were hoping to have the work done in September, when we don’t have any race meetings scheduled,” he said.

“It’s not a massive job and it wouldn’t take that long to finish if they got stuck into it.

“We haven’t heard anything about what’s happening and we are just curious about how it’s coming along.”

Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause said the delay is not good enough.

“Beaudesert Race Club was promised funding over a year ago by former Minister Grace Grace,” he said. 

“That money is yet to materialise.

“It’s no wonder Eagle Farm is still not racing, costing our Queensland economy millions, when the Labor Government can’t even get a small grant out the door to help regional clubs like Beaudesert.

Mr Krause said the hardworking local trainers, jockeys and owners and all who contributed to local racing deserved so much better.

“I’ve raised this with Racing Queensland, but I call on the new Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to get the job done - get Racing Queensland moving to deliver the promised improvements at Beaudesert so they can be in place for as many of the upcoming Spring races as possible,” he said.

“Thoroughbred racing and training is a big part of our local economy. Beaudesert has a proud history of racing and I’ll back it in, just like I did in 2012 when one of the first things I did as the local MP was set about bringing racing back to Beauy after Labor under Anna Bligh let it disappear.”

A spokesman for Racing Queensland said the works were definitely happening, with the engineering component of the jockey and stewards facilities upgrade completed and the job up for tender throughout July.

He said the tenders had been received and reviewed but were in excess of the allocated budget for the project.

“At this stage we anticipate a tender will be awarded in August 2018, and the works scheduled for completion prior to Christmas,” the spokesperson said.

“The new barrier stalls will be delivered next month.”

He said there had been some action in relation to the jockey and stewards facilities but no final determination on who will do the job or when the works would start.

Racing Queensland also said that $15,000 had been spent on the racing surface during a three-week renovation in autumn.

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