Big plans to turn Seymour into a major thoroughbred training centre.CHALPAT SONTI May 15, 2014 3:58am
The first sod has been turned in a $12.4
State Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish did the honours at the racecourse last week, on the site near the 1600
That document — developed at a cost of $65
It provides for some major changes apart from the pool including (with estimated total costs in brackets):
The masterplan, available to view on the Seymour Racing Club website, also contains recommended stages of work, starting with subdivision of The Pines, top up of the synthetic track, bullring and kangaroo fencing.
The masterplan would enhance the training aspect of racing in an area which is already Victoria’s premier breeding ground. At present about 40 trainers use the facility for about 200 horses.
‘‘Seymour is perfectly positioned,’’ Ms McLeish said.
‘‘There’s some really great opportunities not just for the racing club but the whole town of Seymour.’’
Premier Denis Napthine said the government was committed to helping country racing clubs such as Seymour.
The racing industry is worth at least $729
Racing club president — and former trainer — Steve Clifton said the pool was ‘‘hopefully the first step towards bigger things for Seymour Racing Club to becoming an major country training facility’’.
The club was thankful to Ms McLeish for pushing its case for assistance with the swimming pool.
‘‘Without government assistance we couldn’t afford to build this facility on our own,’’ he said.
‘‘I know it puts Seymour-trained horses on a level playing field with city trainers.’’
Club chief executive — and trainer — Penny Reeve estimated the pool could be built within six to eight weeks, depending on the weather.
‘‘Trainers have been hanging out for this (masterplan),’’ she said.
‘‘It’s been a long time coming but we’re pretty close to being there.’’
Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry said his organisation would work with the club to implement key projects within the plan and ‘‘help Seymour secure its place as one of the state’s major regional racing and training centres’’.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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