Racing Miister and Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe is encouraging local residents to have their say on modernsing the State Training Centre at Deagon and opening it up to the community.
Mr Hinchliffe said master planning and community consultation would get underway later this year and local residents will get a chance to have their say.
“An up-to-date and outward facing State Training Centre for thoroughbreds would be a game changer for Deagon,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“In addition to the racing and commercial opportunities, the concept master planning will explore additional green space areas that could provide an integral piece of community infrastructure.”
Mr Hinchliffe is inviting Northsiders to help shape the future of the historic facility, paving the way for an enhanced training hub and opening up new community and commercial uses that support jobs and the local economy.
“This is about enhancing Deagon’s status as a training hub while creating an inclusive community space for the enjoyment of local residents,” he said.
“A new and improved Deagon will also bring important economic benefits and is expected to create 60 new racing jobs on site, along with dozens more during the construction phase.
“Additionally, the increased presence of trainers, jockeys, stable hands and farriers is expected to inject millions into the 4017 economy.”
The master planning process is intended to complement Brisbane City Council’s Sandgate District Neighborhood Planning process, which is already underway.
“The racecourse has been identified by Council as a catalytic site,” Cr Jared Cassidy said.
“I’m pleased that consideration of Deagon’s future use will align with the neighbourhood plan.”
Mr Hinchliffe said the master planning process would recognise and support the heritage requirements placed on Deagon to maintain its status as an equine precinct.
Racing Queensland will commence community consultation later this year and will use the master planning process to explore a range of commercial opportunities.
These include an integrated training and education complex incorporating accommodation for students, as well as on-site veterinary services and other commercial buildings fronting the Broad Street.