THE injection of $3.2 million will give Ballarat a world-class state-of the-art greyhound racing facility.
A new track and redeveloped grandstand is scheduled to be in operation in October.
Racing Minister Denis Napthine yesterday inspected progress on the construction of a new racing circuit at Morshead Park, while announcing new aspects of the project.
The track is expected to be in use in October.
Dr Napthine said as well as having a world-leading Burrumbeet sand racing surface, the track would also feature new lure system, split timing, lighting, fencing and water-saving irrigation system.
The refurbishment will continue beyond the track, which will retain the same configuration. He said there would also be an overhaul of the judges’ tower, installation of an on-course television broadcast facility, improved disability access, enhanced outdoor viewing areas and new public entrance to the complex.
The state government is providing $1.35m, Greyhound Racing Victoria $1.7m and Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club $150,000.
Ballarat is joining the likes of Geelong and Bendigo with new racetracks.
The previous circuit at Morshead Park was developed 34 years ago.
Dr Napthine said the project was a vote of confidence in Ballarat – the greyhound racing industry and community at large.
“This is a major investment ... it’s great for the greyhound industry, Ballarat and Victoria.”
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club manager Ken Bennett said the redevelopment would enable Ballarat to deliver quality racing.