Council plans lodged by Racing Queensland
The overdue addition of night racing to the Gold Coast has taken a step closer with an application to install 10 new lighting structures to illuminate the Bundall track.
The Courier Mail reports that Racing Queensland has recently lodged a development approval to with the Gold Coast City Council to install new lighting infrastructure.
The proposal is to erect ten 45 metre lighting structures.
The track currently has lighting for trackwork which is carried out 6 out of 7 days. The new lighting would rationalise the current lighting poles from a total of 16 to 10.
The Bundall track neighbours housing on the Crombie Ave side of the course. The development will incorporate acoustic fencing, barriers and landscaping to minimise the impact on local residents.
The Gold Coast Turf Club has been in operation with the Bundall equine precinct since 1946, long before many of the nearby houses or units were erected.
The Queensland State Government had previously allocated $28m in funding to upgrade the Bundall track in 2018.
Night racing would be a massive boost for the Gold Coast racing industry which incorporates the $10m Magic Millions Raceday, held each January.
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