Gold Coast in the dark about night racing

25 Jul 2019 9:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Gold Coasters remain in the dark about when night racing will be introduced to the city, with Labor abandoning its own plans for it to be completed by 2020.

LNP Shadow Minister for Racing, John-Paul Langbroek said the Palaszczuk Labor Government will fail to deliver on its promise to deliver night racing for the Gold Coast by 2020.

“Labor’s own Racing Queensland Annual Report promised that the Gold Coast would be home to night racing by 2020,” he said.

“With under five months until the deadline, and little progress being made, it’s clear that Labor will fail to keep their promise. 

“At Budget Estimates, Labor refused to indicate when Gold Coasters can expect night racing to be introduced to the Bundall racecourse. 

“To add insult to injury, under Labor, there is an already allocated $30.2 million which has not been spent building racing infrastructure, despite the fact that there is a long list of projects that the racing industry has been crying out for for some time.”

Mr Langbroek said Labor’s failure to meet its own KPIs is a kick in the gut for an industry that is already suffering under a Labor Government that is treating it like a cash cow. 
“Labor does not support racing on the Gold Coast,” he said. 

“Whilst Labor has been at the helm, we have seen unprecedented strikes, the Gold Coast Turf Club’s major sponsor, Aquis, withdrew from Queensland Racing, and major issues with integrity and safety have arisen.

“The Budget Estimates hearing proved what we all know to be true - Labor could not care less about racing.

“We’re home to amazing events like the Magic Millions, and night racing would be a fantastic addition to the plethora of events our city has to offer.”

Source: Racing Queensland Annual Report 2017/18. 


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