Joy Burch has announced her response to the ICRC’s report last year on the racing industry.
The ACT Government will explore the viability of co-locating Canberra’s thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing clubs, in response to an Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission report into the future of the racing industry.
ACT Minister for Gaming and Racing Joy Burch today issued the Government’s response to the Commission’s Investigation into the ACT racing industry report, which accepts the Commission’s recommendations to look at the viability of co-locating the three racing codes physically and administratively.
“The Government accepts the Commission’s recommendation to investigate, in conjunction with the three clubs, the possible construction of a single racing facility for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings,” Ms Burch said.
“This work, to start next year, will also look at the feasibility of replacing the existing administrative structures with a single body to oversee the management of the three racing codes.”
Fundamentally the racing tracks were all built when the city was much smaller and have to some extent been enveloped by the growing city.
So the land they’re on would very likely be better turned into apartments and the new facility put where it belongs at the edge of town where land is cheap.
Bring it on!
On the other hand quite why the multimillion dollar industry needs government funding is beyond me.