Moree Race Club grandstand to get $1.1 million makeover

THE central grandstand at Moree racecourse will be reinstated for public use, with the announcement the State Government will provide $1.1 million in stimulus funding to address structural issues with the building.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the funding was “brilliant news”.

“The Moree Race Club has for years now wanted to undertake a large-scale revamp of the 50-year-old racecourse grandstand,” Mr Marshall said.

“Horse racing has had a long and distinguished history in the region with the first Moree Cup held in 1881 and this $1.1 million stimulus funding will help continue that legacy.

Funding to breathe new life into the Moree Racecourse grandstand, Moree Race Club President Rob Mather, left, committee member Michael Davison, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, NSW Crown Lands Senior Property Management Officer Michelle Chittendon and Vice President Jason Auld.

“The current grandstand at Moree Racecourse has been restricted for some time, due to concrete cancer weakening the structure making it unsafe for large numbers of spectators.

“Preliminary engineering assessments have been conducted on the grandstand and more detailed assessments will now be undertaken with the use of the first tranche of this funding.

“These assessments will determine what repair work will be needed to rectify the situation or if a replacement grandstand would be more cost effective.

“Moree Racecourse is a significant drawcard and focal point for the town and also other communities in the wider region that hold picnic race days at the course.

“This investment to restore a key piece of recreational infrastructure will provide a boost for the local turf club and the many residents who enjoy a great view of the action during a day at the races.”

Mr Marshall said $260,000 would be provided this financial year and $840,000 next financial year to allow for assessments and the repair or replacement of the racecourse’s grandstand facilities.

“Moree Race Club President Robert Mather and his committee have worked hard for many years now improving the trackside facilities and deserve congratulations,” Mr Marshall said.

“Moree Racecourse is a considerable visitor drawcard for the North West, with its regular meets attracting hundreds of people to town.”

Media Release: Friday, November 27, 2020